MSC Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring
PGCert Biological Recording
The MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and PGCert Biological Recording are run by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in association with the FSC. If you’re interested in a career in Ecology and Conservation or just interested in putting your Identification skills to good use for conservation, this course develops your own interests and allows you to make more accurate observations. Biological Recording is the scientific study of natural history observations. These biological records allow us to describe the presence, abundance, associations and changes, both in time and space of our flora and fauna.
Never more have we needed good quality biological recording data to help our understanding of the rapidly changing natural world, whether that is spotting trends in species migrations, the spread of invasive non-native species or monitoring the decline in our native flora and fauna. This course gives you the ability to use and collect biological records and subject them to critical analysis. Starting in the field with the initial observation, through the digitisation and dissemination of that data and then the actions that can follow this information. These courses are part time and run mainly at the weekends, allowing you to work around your studies. They are taught mostly at FSC centres around the country. Taught by national and regional experts, you can tailor your training to your individual interests and needs.
Courses listed in this brochure with *MMU are those included in the MSc/PGCert courses.
This course has helped many students gain new employment or promotion in jobs in ecology, conservation and biological recording, especially those with an emphasis on high quality field skills and record interpretation. There are a number of information days to which prospective students and/or employers are welcome to attend.