MSc Ecologies of Cities

University of Salford

Program Description

MSc Ecologies of Cities

University of Salford

In Brief:

  • Equip yourself with the skill set required to take advantage of career opportunities in the UK and abroad in an emerging interdisciplinary field
  • Benefit from the expertise and networks of academic staff from two schools within the university - the School of the Built Environment and the School of Environment and Life Sciences
  • Flexible study options and intakes give you the opportunity to work and study at the same time or study at a time that is right for you
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Urban Ecology is an emerging interdisciplinary field which seeks to understand and address crucial 21st-century issues relating to both humans and nature in built environment settings. Course content is drawn from the principles of ecological science and the complex processes occurring in continually developing urban spaces.

Cities now house more than 50% of the global population and as such many now consider an ecological approach as fundamental to managing and developing urban environments. Urban futures require those involved in decision-making to incorporate planning and policy-based processes, environmental, social and economic considerations, and an increasingly complex application of information technology to ensure the health of the organisms which live and adapt to the urban environment. This course will provide the kind of interdisciplinary learning required if you wish to enter into a career within the domains of urban planning and design, construction, architecture and environmental management.

Modules may include:

  • Urban Ecology of Cities (architecture, culture, design)
  • Planning and Policies of Urban Environments
  • Urban Ecology of Cities (air, water, soil, climate)
  • Urban Ecology in Cities (flora, fauna)
  • Urban Energy Systems
  • Urban Futures and Information in the Built Environment
  • Architecture and Wellbeing
  • Research Methods for Ecologies of Cities
  • Ecologies of Cities Dissertation

Entry Requirements

You must have a minimum of a second-class honors degree in a BSc / BA qualification in a relevant subject area, such as Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Ecology, Geography, Construction Management, Architecture, Planning or Urban Studies.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 with no band below 6.0 or an equivalent qualification are proof of this.

Suitable for

The course is relevant for architecture, construction and urban design professionals, and those with a background in environmental management and geography. It is also suitable if you are looking to advance your career in applied management of healthily sustainable cities.

The course will challenge you to develop a 21st century understanding of the interrelationships between urban structure and habitats, and understand today’s urban environmental challenges – both globally, and in the UK. The skillset you will develop will be highly relevant to future roles leading sustainability, governance and city resilience.


This programme is characterized by a diverse range of teaching and learning activities ranging from lectures, seminars, and tutorials to blended learning, use of the VLE and an array of audio-visually delivered material.This will be supplemented by field-visits to sites of importance, and a blend of theoretical and practical work both independently and in groups.Using real-life local and global examples, innovative teaching strategies will be employed.

The teaching staff comes from a range of backgrounds bringing a multitude of expertise and experience to the classroom.You will have the opportunity to debate with academics and guest lecturers in a scholarly environment and help shape the acquisition of knowledge in this emerging subject area.This also includes continuous supervision of the research proposal and dissertation modules.

Assessments will be varied and relevant to the multi-disciplinary nature of the course providing you with a diverse skillset to carry forward into your future career.


  • Dissertation
  • Written essays
  • Portfolios
  • Research paper
  • Audio recorded interview
  • Consultancy project
  • Presentation

Career Prospects

This MSc will provide you with a set of skills that can be applied to several career paths including in urban planning, environmental management, sustainable construction, architecture and urban design.

Additionally, if you are a professional currently working within the above industries you will gain crucial understanding of urban ecology principles by completing this course and will be able to apply this to your existing role or use the skills developed to move into a more specific role in the industry (ie sustainability-focused).

After completing this course you will be well placed to progress to doctoral level study in your field of interest.

Links with Industry

This course has been extensively informed from industry collaboration between the university’s academics and industrial partners involved in construction, urban planning, ecology, energy, architecture, and wellbeing. In addition to sessions led by practitioners from these industries, you will benefit from field visits which form part of a number of modules and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by colleagues in the industry. From the latter, you will be given actual experience in how to address key issues when working within this subject area and will have the chance to meet and network with key stakeholders.

Further Study

The School of the Built Environment has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the built environment, please see and for more information.

The School of Environment and Life Sciences has two main research centers, the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and the Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 11, 2018
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