MSc in Ecological Applications
This course draws on ecological expertise from researchers across Imperial College and our partner organisations. The impetus behind the course is to produce independent researchers with the skill and knowledge most relevant to the application of ecological theory to real world problems. The course puts a strong emphasis on developing the practical, analytical and management skills required by public and private sector ecologists in a core framework of ecological theory. The taught course is largely based around practical or project work in collaboration with external organisations to give direct experience of a variety of applied ecology careers paths. This is then followed by a long research project with one of our external partners supported by an internal supervisor from the department of biology with complementary expertise.
This course provides theoretical and hands on training in the application of ecological theory to management and industrial questions. Based at Imperial College London’s Silwood Park Campus, an internationally renowned centre of excellence for ecological research, the course is run with outside partners including The Biological Records Centre, The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, CABI, Thomson Ecology and Surrey Wildlife Trust. This makes the course of direct relevance to current applied research. Each module is taught by a leading researcher in that field, focusing on the practical, quantitative and analytical skills desired by ecological employers in industry, the public sector and NGOs, or in preparing for a PhD in applied ecology.
The taught course comprises a series of topical modules, with the Division of Biology providing core training in ecological theory, computing and analytical skills. 50% of the modules have a practical emphasis and are run collaboratively with our partner organisations.
All taught components are compulsory and cover the following elements:
- Ecological Theory – Effective ecological management and conservation requires a strong evidence basis provided through theory and research. In a rapidly changing environment, a solid knowledge of ecological theory will enable broad application to developing issues.
- Policy & Management – Engagement with stakeholders and the ability to inform, develop and apply policy are essential to successful ecological management. Each of our partner organisations are actively involved in these fields, and will provide practical experience of working with stakeholders to improve outcomes.
- Field & Laboratory Skills – Applied ecology is just that, applying theory to ecological problems and providing practical solutions. As such this course puts a strong emphasis on working in the field and lab, experiencing a wide range of skills actively sought by researchers and employers in applied ecology.
- Data Management, Visualisation & Analysis Tools – Quantitative skills are essential for a career in ecology, and are highly valued by employers. The course provides an introduction to GIS, statistics, the R language and experimental design in the first term. This is followed by an extended statistical computing course designed to provide strong analytical skills that will be implemented in the independent research project.
Each student completes a 22-week research project in applied ecology, which comprises 50% of the final mark. The projects are chosen by students to give practical experience of fieldwork, molecular lab work, experiments, and/or theory as well as a wide range of general skills. Students are actively encouraged and supported to develop projects with external NGOs or industrial partners to provide them not only with research skills, but management and policy skills key to working in applied ecology.
The impetus behind the course is to produce independent researchers with the skills and knowledge most relevant to the application of ecological theory to real world problems. An emphasis is placed on developing the practical, analytical and management skills required by public and private sector ecologists in a core framework of ecological theory.
The course has been designed in collaboration with a variety of NGO, industry and government partner organisations who are major employers of ecological graduates to ensure that you have the cutting edge skills most desired for PhDs and job opportunities.
* The minimum qualification for admission is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree in a Science-based subject from an UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.
Places are offered on the basis of written applications which i) meet the criteria for admission; ii) provide evidence of interest and prior experience for the course, based on the CV and personal statement; and according to available space on the course.
Where an applicant has a lesser degree qualification but has at least two years’ work experience in a related discipline, special cases for admission may be submitted to the Graduate School
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