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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: October
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The MSc Ecology and Environmental Management aims to develop advanced academic understandings and insight relating to ecology and the environmental management of natural resources. Field based elements are a significant part of the course.

Modules are designed to reflect staff research and professional expertise, and advance student’s professional and academic development. Students are supported to become accomplished independent researchers. On graduation they are expected to be highly employable in the area of ecology and environmental management.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Management hosts not only the MSc Ecology and Environmental Management, but also the internationally renowned ‘Sand Dune and Shingle Network’. The aim of the Network is to conserve these threatened habitats as dynamic landscapes. The Network supports field trips, research projects and placements for students on the MSc.

If you have an queries about the course, or wish to book a time to Skype with Paul Rooney, the Course Director, to discuss the course and/or your application, please email:

Curriculum Overview

Principles and theories of ecology and environmental management (20 credits)

  • This module outlines and critically reviews the principles and theories of ecology and environmental management, including sustainability, and examines decision-making tools in environmental management including environmental assessment. Key concepts important for subsequent modules will be addressed. A field-based case study approach is used to investigate theories and principles in practice.

Research methods for ecology and environmental Management (20 credits)

  • This module provides students with the skills required to plan, undertake and communicate a Masters research project. The transferable skills covered include, for example: experimental design and analysis, GIS, academic writing, oral presentation skills and project management.

Biodiversity conservation (20 credits)

  • This module provides students with an in depth and critical understanding of the importance and urgency of biodiversity conservation. Using fieldwork and desk-top studies, students will develop a conservation site management plan for the benefit of biodiversity.

Coastal ecology, change and management (20 credits)

  • This module develops student’s critical understanding of one of the world’s most threatened environments – the coast. Using the UK as a geographic focus, coastal ecology, change and management are explored with a particular emphasis on coastal dunes and shingle. This module will include fieldwork which may be residential and international.

Field survey (20 credits)

  • Following the introductory lectures, this module is field based with normally a minimum of 5 days residential fieldwork, along with non-residential day/evening trips. The module allows students to develop their skills of investigative ecology in the field.

Professional skills for ecology and environmental management (10 credits)

  • This module develops the personal, academic and professional skills required by students operating in the areas of ecology and environmental management. Through small group teaching and individual tutorials the module works towards a focus on the CPD and personal development needs of students.

Professional practice for ecologists and environmental managers (10 credits)

  • This module develops the professional practice required by students operating in the areas of ecology and environmental management. It addresses the expected standards in research and professional practice, with recognition of the ethical considerations and obligations to the environment and to society. The module is delivered on a tutorial based model.

Research project (60 credits)

  • The research project module involves the design, execution and critical evaluation of an approved research topic and the presentation of the research in the form of a dissertation or professional report.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline such as Environmental Management/Science, Geography, Biological Sciences, or Earth Sciences. Applicants with other degree qualifications or equivalent professional experience may also be considered.


Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

All tutors on the course are experienced and highly qualified University teachers. Some course tutors are qualified and experienced to a high professional level, in addition to being qualified academically. Professional environmental managers are brought in to ensure students’ understanding of the applied context of the curriculum.

Important concepts and key areas of knowledge and understanding are taught mainly via lectures and fieldwork. However, seminar-style sessions, discussions and workshops are an important component of teaching and are used to provide opportunities for the development of critical thinking. Independent study comprises a major proportion of the learning. Some modules include small group or individual tutorials, allowing more in-depth discussion of issues.

The MSc Ecology and Environmental Management is fully informed by the research interests and professional experience of the tutor team. This expertise covers a broad spectrum of environmental management applications. Staff research expertise on this course is particularly strong in nature conservation (including geoconservation), ecology, GIS and coastal dune management.

In addition, several members of the teaching staff have professional expertise in environmental management and consultancy, and are active in a number of professional organisations, including the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the International Geographic Union Commission on Coastal Systems, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), GeoconservationUK, and the North West Geodiversity Partnership. In addition, course tutors are closely involved with local and regional organisations concerned with ecology and environmental management.

Paul Rooney, the Course Director is also the founder and Director of the internationally renowned ‘Sand Dune and Shingle Network’ which is based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at Liverpool Hope University. 


Tuitition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


The MSc is designed to provide students with the ability to make a positive contribution to understanding ecology and the management of the environment. Central to this is the development of a range of skills and knowledge pertaining to professional practice. Students on the course are encouraged to engage with professional associations, particularly the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

All students take the modules ‘Professional skills for ecology and environmental management’ and ‘Professional practice or ecologists and environmental managers’. Students have the opportunity to reflect on these modules, and to identify their own personal and professional development through a CPD plan and record.

Graduates from the MSc Ecology and Environmental Management are expected to be highly employable in diverse sectors including local and central government, environmental consultancies and NGOs such as wildlife trusts and conservation bodies.