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Species Identification and Survey Skills (MSc)

Course Description

The objective of this course is to prime you for employment as an ecological consultant.

To achieve this the School of Biological Sciences has teamed up with RSK to deliver a course that precisely provides the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants. Most of the 120 taught credits consist of hands-on and fieldbased training. In addition to the taught component, you will have the opportunity to embark on a six-month work placement with an ecological consultant. A bursary for this period is provided by the employer.

A total of 100 of the 180 credits of the course are overseen by the consultants and, consequently, this course is unique in the UK. As a result of this synergy, the current course employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors is 100 per cent .

Modules include:

• Species and Habitat Conservation
• Marine Conservation
• Mammal Conservation
• Geographic Information Systems
• Field trips

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

All our masters' courses emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a Reading MSc graduate you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities. Typical roles of graduates from our ecology- and wildlife-based MSc courses include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants.


Learn from enthusiastic and friendly academics with a real passion for their subject; draw on their advice and experience gained from years of teaching and research expertise in both biomedical and evolutionary biology/ecology.

Our research interests span the broad scope of modern biology, from individual molecules to global biodiversity and sustainability, and we emphasise cross-disciplinary and quantitative approaches.

The Cole Museum of Zoology and the Herbarium: research and teaching facilities containing over 4,000 zoological specimens and around 300,000 plant specimens.

Modern, well-equipped laboratories will support your learning and research. These include automated DNA sequencers and real-time PCR machines for molecular work; a state-of-the-art imaging suite with confocal and super resolution microscopes; dedicated microbiology laboratories for the study of bacteria and viruses; excellent computing facilities for computer intensive work in phylogenetics, bioinformatics, protein structure, evolution and population biology; and Controlled Environment suites for the study of invertebrates and plants.

Visit the Species Identification and Survey Skills (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

James Howsam

Close contact with lecturers who are national experts in their fields and professionals working for successful companies has made postgraduate studies at the University of Reading better than I could ever have expected.


Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1) or above in an appropriate subject, but each application will be considered individually.

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