Applied Ecology and Conservation MRes/aec

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or above in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience, and with professional qualifications.
Conservation and Resource Management mres


Human impacts on the environment have never been greater. As we approach the 6th mass extinction of species and face the prospect of global climate change, we are just beginning to realize how much we depend on ecosystems to provide us with services such as food, water, clean air, waste disposal and fibre. There has never been a more exciting, and important, time to study Applied Ecology and Conservation.

Our one-year programmes train students to an advanced level in applied ecology and conservation science, enabling them to become conservation professionals in research or the government, non-governmental organisation, and consultancy sectors.

Our programme explores topical issues including rewilding and conservation in a changing world.

If you are interested in postgraduate taught programmes in the area of ecology, conservation, environment and resources, we have the following alternative courses that you can apply for:

Our MRes programme has an emphasis on developing individual research skills. Students therefore take 60 credits of taught modules and undertake a 120 credit independent research project.

Case Study: Karl Busdieker

MRes Conservation

"My favourite part of the whole course has been working with world-leading researchers and collaborating with experts around the world on research I am genuinely passionate about. Rather than feeling like a student, I feel like a researcher and a scientist."

Read Karl's full case study

Why Ecology?

£7 million investment

The University's recent £7 million investment in marine ecology and the creation of the new School of Environmental Sciences have resulted in excellent research and teaching facilities.