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Ecology and Conservation (Professional Experience) MSci Hons

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.

Where could it take you?

Ecology has never been so important and can open up careers in the conservation sectors as well as in the environmental/ecological consultancy fields both nationally and internationally. The skills and experience that you will gain during your fourth-year placement will mean that you will stand out in the competitive job market. Our degree will also equip you with transferable skills that are as relevant to broad areas of industrial and public sector management as they are to research.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2014:

A level: AAB (to includetwo science A levels)


Scottish Highers: ABBBB

International Bacc:35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 HL subjects

IELTS: 6.5

Mature students: Applications welcome. Interviewed if offer considered.

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2014, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2014 we will have the following financial support available:

AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600As part of the National Scholarship Programme, a£1,000 Bursary,a£1,000 Fee Waiverand a£1,000 Accommodation Discountin the first year of study, for students from England with a household income of less than £25,000. Plus a Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 in subsequent years.

Please note that the National Scholarship Programme is currently under review. An update on the support available, as part of the National Scholarship programme, will be available by Monday 16 December 2013.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

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