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  • Species Identification & Survey Skills

    Begin your ecological consultancy career at Reading

Species identification and survey skills

This course gives you the skills and knowledge to embark on careers in ecological consultancy and conservation. You will learn to recognise key characteristics of different species and how this information can be used across the field of ecology.

The School of Biological Sciences has worked with professional ecological consultants at RSK Group Ltd since 2011 and more recently partnered with at Aspect Ecology, Tyler Grange and others to make this course the perfect blend of academic and industrial knowledge.

waspWhat You'll Learn

Working both in the laboratory and out in the field, you will learn to recognise the characteristics of plants and vegetation and vertebrate and invertebrate life. You will learn to collect samples, identify different species, and determine the frequency of their occurrence. You will also learn how to make vegetation and animal surveys and assessments in the field.

The modules on this MSc have been designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed by ecological consultants and other ecologists and conservationists: this is a course geared towards making you stand out in the field.



MSc Species Identification and Survey SkillsHow You'll Learn

You will have the opportunity to learn through both hands-on practical work and academic teaching. You will examine and identify samples in our teaching laboratories, and take part in practical exercises out in the field. Field trips are supplemented by work on the award-winning green Whiteknights campus. The variety of learning methods ensure an engaging course providing diverse skills.


This course is designed specifically to give you both the academic knowledge and the practical experience that employers in the ecology, conservation and ecological consultancy sectors are looking for. You will also learn excellent transferable skills so that you can enter other sectors, or move into different roles within the ecological field.


How to apply

Find out more about this course including entry requirements and costs.

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If you would like to start studying Biological Sciences at the University of Reading in 2022, please view our 2022/23 postgraduate courses.

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