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Masters degrees in Population Ecology administer postgraduate training in the various dynamics of species populations, including trophic interactions (food resources), demographics, spatial processes, and causes of extinction.
Popular specialisms and related subjects include Population Biology, Evolutionary Genetics and branches of Anthropology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Biology or Environmental Science.
Programmes in this field are highly varied. For example, you may wish to focus specifically on human population and demographics, scrutinising how to manage issues such as population growth. You might also consider the environmental, economic, political and global implications for both developing and developed countries.
On the other hand, you may wish to specialise in any number of animal populations, analysing migration patterns and undertaking Population Viability Analysis (PVA) to predict the long-term prevalence of a species within a given habitat. Most programmes offer a combination of laboratory-based research with vocational fieldwork, as well as placements in some cases.
Careers may include roles within public policy for the government and governing bodies, consultancy within private agencies and NGOs such as charities, or further research or careers in academia following a PhD.
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This MSc is an outstanding learning experience that will give you advanced knowledge and skills in conservation biology. You’ll gain an advanced, global outlook on conservation and will be ready to help solve the challenges of change in the modern world. Read more
International master’s degree programme in Ecology and Population Genetics (Master of Science) is a two-year programme concentrating on conservation issues and population genetics of endangered animals and plants. Read more
Our MSc Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology considers the increasingly pressing political issues of population and demography. Read more
This course has a highly practical emphasis involving hands-on exercises in field and laboratory settings. Read more
Research projects in Ecology are offered in a range of animal, plant and microbial topics including (a) competition and coexistence in animal communities and the evolution of host-parasite interactions, (b) the evolution of insect pollinator systems, (c) life history strategies and trade-offs, (d) processes in plant communities e.g. Read more
available as Full-time available as Part-time available as Distance learning Our course is the first course in Scotland to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Read more
Are you passionate about animal welfare and keen to shape the management of the zoos of the future? Students from over 20 nationalities have chosen our unique programme, the first of its kind in the world. Read more
Today more than ever, quantitative skills form an essential basis for successful careers in ecology, conservation, and animal and human health. Read more
Develop the skills and knowledge required of a 21st century conservation biologist on our unique MRes Wildlife Conservation, a collaborative provision programme with conservation Non Government Organisation (NGO), Marwell Wildlife. Read more
Take your passion for biological sciences further and develop your knowledge and practical skills in an area of your choice with Southampton’s MRes Advanced Biological Sciences degree. Read more