What Will You Study

New for October 2014 Lancaster’s MSci in Ecology and Conservation (Professional Experience) builds on our three-year BSc degrees by providing a fourth year of Masters-level study and employability skills.  The degree is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on globally-important ecological challenges, ranging from maintaining biodiversity in the Amazon, to the intersection of ecology with energy and food security priorities.

The first three years of the MSci follow the same curriculum as our BSc degree where you will be able to select specialist topics to match your interests. Because of the breadth of modules available in LEC, you can also expand your knowledge by including environmental science and geography modules in your degree. You will examine ecosystems in which organisms are locked in complex interactions with each other and their environment. It’s a huge field and your degree can focus on areas including animal behaviour, tropical ecology, evolution and global change biology. You will gain an understanding of how ecological principles relate to sustainability and the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems.  Field courses to locations like Spain and the Amazon underpin this programme.  We also offer specialist topics with visiting lecturers from leading environmental agencies and charities, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

You will begin your degree with an integrated first year, which combines subject-specific modules, such as Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity and Conservation, with broader modules introducing key environmental issues.  In your second year, modules include Populations to Ecosystems and Principles of Biodiversity Conservation. In your second and third years you will study more specific modules such as Animal Behaviour and Conservation in Practice.  We also offer an Enterprise and Environment course which will give you an insight into environmental businesses.  You will undertake your own research project, during which you will benefit from the experience of our internationally-renowned academic staff. There are also opportunities to carry out your project with a commercial partner found by Lancaster’s in-house business unit , or you can study at a European university via the Ersamus scheme.

During your fourth year you will take four masters-level modules from the wide range on offer such as Crop Protection, Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Microbiology. You will also undertake a dissertation and a ten-week placement with a graduate employer.   This placement will enable you to apply your ecological knowledge and gain critical employment skills during your final year of study.