MSc Ecosystem Services Evaluation

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Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019
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Understanding the value of the Earth’s natural resources is now high on the environmental policy-making agenda across the globe. So, it goes without saying that there’s a surge in demand for those skilled in ecosystem services and management.

Our MSc Ecosystem Services Evaluation – designed by professional ecologists to meet industry requirements - will enable you to upgrade your degree and study how ecosystems benefit society.

You will gain all the knowledge you need to assess and understand ecosystems by exploring natural resources and considering the issues between economic, cultural and ecological values and how these values inform the natural resource use decision-making process.

It will stand you in good stead for a career playing an essential part in maintaining healthy and resilient environments now and in the future.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You will study in Ambleside, in the Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – surrounded by unique ecosystems and landscapes, so you will literally have an outdoor laboratory in which to research ecosystems and their values on your doorstep.

So with us you can live, study and research in Cumbria’s stunning landscape with its natural rivers and lakes, home to white-clawed cray fish, arctic char, red squirrels high-brown fritillary butterflies, migrating dolphins and basking sharks.

Practical study is integral to our course and you will utilise your unique location often. Couple that with the opportunity to work alongside organisations such as the National Trust and the Lake District National Park and you gain all the vital academic and hands-on skills you need to become a professional in the field. 

  • Study at the only UK university with a campus in a National Park
  • Opportunity for work-based experience with ecological and landscape organisations, including the National Trust and the Lake District National Park, to bolster your CV 
  • Our great connections provide good networking opportunities to boost your job prospects
  • Highly practical course. You won’t just learn theoretically about ecosystem and evaluation, you will be doing it 
  • Use of up-to-date facilities and technology, including advanced Geographical Information Systems
  • Tutors have worked professionally in ecology and water management 
  • All tutors are involved in local, national and internally-important research, from the snow leopards in Kazakhstan to the re-introduction of species in Cumbria, which ensures your learning is current, relevant and informed
  • Opportunity for you to take part in tutors’ cutting-edge departmental research, which will be great for enhancing your research skills and look impressive on your CV
  • Small class sizes mean that you are personally guided and supported by tutors throughout your studies
  • Funded masters projects - example of current projects

And, you will love living at our friendly Ambleside campus, close to the shores of Windermere, where you have access to excellent on-campus facilities, including modern social spaces and a climbing wall. So, you will never be short of things to do outside of your studies.

Throughout your studies, you will learn effective decision-making skills to inform and support  the sustainable use of natural resources. Plus, you will gain a holistic view of ecosystem service evaluation, recognising the importance of taking into consideration the place that culture, ecology have alongside the economy.

Whether you already work within the field and are seeking to boost your career potential, or aspire to secure a job with conservation organisations, national and local governments or become a consultant in natural resources and landscape management, our unique MSc Ecosystem Services Evaluation is the stepping stone you need. 

Graduate destinations

During the course you'll have chance to take optional modules relevant to specific sectors. This will allow you to focus your skills towards a new career in conservation, forestry, catchment management, economics and environmental modelling. The skills and knowledge you learn are perfect for working in water management, environmental agencies and NGOs.

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