Master of Science Degrees in Ecology

Compare 26 MSc Programs in Ecology

Ecology

Acquiring an MSc in Ecology is an excellent way to further your career and business training in many areas of quantitative biology. Individuals who complete this prestigious degree not only benefit from an excellent education, but they can also earn a substantial salary increase.   

Individuals seeking to further their education may wonder, “What is an MSc in Ecology?”  Students earning this exciting degree learn how to secure funding for wildlife projects while being taught by some of the best in the business. Coursework during an MSc in Ecology also includes studying geographic information systems, field work, wildlife photography, and even the basics of computer science to publish your own website.

There are many benefits to acquiring the hands-on education that an MSc in Ecology presents. Many universities offering these programs facilitate connections between students and other working professionals. These networks help to provide individuals with real world advice and experience that specialists in the field require.

The cost of signing up with one of the many international universities offering comprehensive ecology programs at a master’s level varies widely. Prior to applying, make sure to ask about any potential fees required in order to graduate from one of these fine establishments.

There are several career opportunities available for students graduating with an MSc in Ecology. Many graduates are able to acquire a job in environmental management with both the governmental and non-governmental sectors. Many individuals who complete this comprehensive program are also able to take on environmental research projects that help better society’s understanding of the world.

 

With so many global schools offering exceptional programs, it is easy to select the right MSc curriculum for you. Participating in online courses is a great way to earn your international education right from your own living room. Earning a degree online offers a comprehensive curriculum for any busy student, and allows individuals to continue focusing on their careers and families while advancing themselves in their profession. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Helsinki
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Finland Helsinki

Ecology and evolutionary biology offer a perspective on biology from the level of genes to communities of species. In the master's degree program, you can become familiar with a wide variety of topics in three areas: ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology. The programme is diverse and multidisciplinary: teaching is done with lectures, laboratory and computer training courses, interactive seminars, study tours and field courses. The field courses range from the northern subarctic region to tropical rainforests. The Centres of Excellence of Metapopulation Biology and Biological Interactions are located in our department. [+]

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Ecology and evolutionary biology offer a perspective on biology from the level of genes to communities of species. In the master's degree program, you can become familiar with a wide variety of topics in three areas: ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology. The program is diverse and multidisciplinary: teaching is done with lectures, laboratory and computer training courses, interactive seminars, study tours and field courses. The field courses range from the northern subarctic region to tropical rainforests. The Centres of Excellence of Metapopulation Biology and Biological Interactions are located in our department.... [-]


Master in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making

Rice University | Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Houston

This degree is geared to teach students rigorous methods that are needed by business and governmental organizations to deal with environmental issues. As an interdisciplinary program, it aims to give students the ability to predict environmental problems, not just solve them. It emphasizes core quantitative topics such as statistics, remote sensing, data analysis, and modeling. In addition, it teaches laboratory and computer skills and allows students to focus their education by taking electives in relevant fields. [+]

"Environmental consulting companies seek to hire motivated individuals with a solid background in applying quantitative skills to solve and prevent environmental problems. In addition, as consultants, these individuals need to be able to communicate effectively and have a keen sense of management and business practices. Graduates from Rice University's Professional Master's Program in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making will possess these qualities and be a tremendous asset to us and others in our field."

– Chuck Newell, Vice President, Groundwater Services, Inc.

Environmental Analysis and Decision Making is geared to teach students rigorous methods that are needed by industrial and governmental organizations to deal with environmental issues. It is a cross-disciplinary effort incorporating courses from environmental science, earth science, statistics, chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, economics, computer science, and sociology. Graduates will be prepared with skills and knowledge valuable to environmental consulting firms, energy production companies, and government agencies. In addition to track courses, the students will take a management course, a policy and ethics course, and a seminar jointly with the students involved in the other Professional Master's Program tracks.... [-]


MSc. in Biodiversity and Conservation

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Ireland Dublin

Biodiversity is the diversity of all life on earth and is currently being lost at an increasing rate. Biodiversity provides us with food, clothing, fuels, construction materials, medicines and a wide range of ecosystem services. We ourselves are part of the biodiversity of this planet: we must understand and conserve biodiversity to secure a sustainable future for humanity... [+]

Biodiversity is the diversity of all life on earth and is currently being lost at an increasing rate. Biodiversity provides us with food, clothing, fuels, construction materials, medicines and a wide range of ecosystem services. We ourselves are part of the biodiversity of this planet: we must understand and conserve biodiversity to secure a sustainable future for humanity.

This course will provide in-depth training and experience for those looking to further their career in various aspects of biodiversity and its conservation, for students wishing to pursue further postgraduate research in this area, and for professionals already working in conservation biology wishing to obtain relevant qualifications.... [-]


MSc in Ecology and Evolution

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 Netherlands Groningen

The Top Programme Evolutionary Biology is part of the Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution. It provides an optimal preparation for excelling students pursuing a career in academic research. [+]

Introduction

The Top Programme Evolutionary Biology is part of the Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution. It provides an optimal preparation for excelling students pursuing a career in academic research.

As a student of the Top Programme, you will be involved with research within the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences that harbours research groups of international excellence. The hallmark of the programme is to explore the interface between ecology and evolution. In line with the mission of GELIFES, the programme also strives to integrate mechanistic 'proximate' approaches (how does a biological system function?) with evolutionary 'ultimate' approaches (why does the system function the way it does?).... [-]


Landscape and Wellbeing - MSc

University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Delivered by an expert academic team, including members of OPENspace, the international research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments, this programme takes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of salutogenic landscapes and the importance of the environment for human health and wellbeing. [+]

Programme description

Delivered by an expert academic team, including members of OPENspace, the international research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments, this programme takes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of salutogenic landscapes and the importance of the environment for human health and wellbeing.

In providing a unique opportunity for academics and practitioners working in landscape architecture, planning, design, geography, public health, psychology, epidemiology, horticulture and ecology to understand the evidence base and to operationalise the planning and design of salutogenic landscapes, the programme offers the most advanced theoretical and methodological access to the latest research in the field.... [-]


MSc in Ecological Engineering

Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 3 semesters April 2018 Germany Magdeburg

Ecological Engineering is the translation of ecological principles into societal and technical action, meaning the adaptation of construction techniques, material flow cycles, material flow management, spatial symbioses of material and energy users, and energy cascades so that they are benign to nature. [+]

No restricted admission. Start of studies The programme begins in winter and summer semesters. Applicants with foreign certificates please apply till 31 July (winter semester) or 31 January (summer semester) via uni-assist e.V.. Programme objectives

Ecological Engineering is the translation of ecological principles into societal and technical action, meaning the adaptation of construction techniques, material flow cycles, material flow management, spatial symbioses of material and energy users, and energy cascades so that they are benign to nature. The Master’s degree programme equips students to develop, on a scientific foundation, concepts and techniques for sustainable management of vital resources like water, soil, biomass and fauna and for the restoration and reclamation of ecosystems and for decentralised supply and waste disposal, bearing in mind the organisation of the use and protection of these natural resources in the context of regional and local societies as well as in research, industry and administration. Degree course content The education programme consists of the following modules: Mathematics and Modelling... [-]


Master's Programme in Sustainability Science and Solutions

Lappeenranta University of Technology
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Lappeenranta

In this master's programme, you will develop interdisciplinary skills in technology, management, energy production, industrial and community by-product flows, environmental management and economics, and green chemistry. [+]

We all want to build a truly sustainable society. As the complexity and urgency of many sustainability problems increase, there is a growing need to contribute more effectively to problem-solving. Recognising the sustainability challenges facing the world today, we want you to achieve a better understanding of integrated solutions to complex environmental problems. Solutions to these global challenges such as environmental sustainability calls for systems thinking.

By understanding the broader context in which the challenges lie, we are able to identify more sustainable solutions.

In this master's programme, you will develop interdisciplinary skills in technology, management, energy production, industrial and community by-product flows, environmental management and economics, and green chemistry. You will learn to identify the challenges of sustainability and to view them in a multidisciplinary way, producing solutions, which cover all of the aspects of sustainability on a wide range in the society.... [-]


Masters in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy

WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business
Campus Full time October 2018 Austria Vienna

The master program “Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy" is a four-semester program and requires 120 ECTS points to obtain a degree. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science (WU) degree, which is abbreviated as MSc (WU). [+]

SEEP (Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy) is an innovative, internationally unique program that equips participants with the necessary theoretical background and factual information about the interconnected dynamics of economic and social systems and the physical environment. The program also enables participants to understand different problem situations and use appropriate analytical tools to engage in decision processes and longer-term policy on multiple spatial levels. The strong interdisciplinary background acquired in SEEP equips graduates with the skills to play a leading role in resolving the critical economic, environmental and social problems of the 21st century.

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Master of Science in Systematic Biology and Ecology

University of Hradec Králové, Faculty of Science
Campus Full time September 2018 Czech Republic Hradec Králové

Master studies of Systematic Biology and Ecology follows the Bachelor degree program. Students are educated also in other biological disciplines close to this specialization, which will prove to be very useful for successful transfer of their knowledge into practice. [+]

Students of Systematic Biology and Ecology are continuously educated, for example, in the entomology, hydrobiology, behavioral ecology, acarology, bryology, mineralogy and paleontology, parasitology, ornithology, biotechnology or dynamics and management of forest ecosystems.

The staff and students, who actively participate in the research from the beginning of their studies, are all engaged in various research projects exploring the ecological and biological issues of the region Eastern Bohemia. The main research interests of the academic staff include botanical research, mostly in protected areas, physiology of plants, entomology, parasitology, zoology of chordates, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, agrochemistry, geomorphology or geo-dendrology.... [-]


European MSc Agroecology

ISARA Lyon
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 France Lyon

The European MSc Agroecology is a European program coordinated by ISARA-Lyon and leading to a double degree between ISARA-Lyon and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). [+]

The European MSc Agroecology is a European Master’s program coordinated by ISARA-Lyon and leading to a double degree between ISARA-Lyon and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

The European MSc Agroecology is a two-year program (120 ECTS), professionally oriented, to study interactions among agricultural, food and environmental sciences in a socially oriented and action driven perspective.

The objective of the program is to prepare graduates to produce innovation in agroecology, to create and support sustainability in the farming and food systems.The program provides the ecological principles to study, design and manage agroecosystems that are both productive and natural resource preserving, socially just and economically viable. It prepares students to link theory to practice and to cope with the complex situation at different scales by combining scientific learning with professional and practical experiences.... [-]


MSc Ecological Management and Conservation Biology

Queen's University Belfast
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Belfast + 1 more

There is unprecedented pressure on the environment due to exploitation, habitat degradation and loss, climate change, invasive species, pollution and emerging diseases. You can be part of something to help address this. [+]

MSc Ecological Management and Conservation Biology

We’re in the middle of a biodiversity crisis; the sixth mass extinction event on Earth. Over half of the world’s wildlife has vanished in the last fifty years.

There is unprecedented pressure on the environment due to exploitation, habitat degradation and loss, climate change, invasive species, pollution and emerging diseases. You can be part of something to help address this.

COURSE DETAILS

The programme has a backbone of taught academic lectures covering the full spectrum of subjects contained within conservation biology including:

Animal behaviour Biodiversity Conservation genetics Emerging plant pathogens Environmental economics Environmental impact assessment Grassland management Invasion biology Marine conservation Soil biology Wildfire ecology WHAT ELSE WILL YOU DO? ... [-]

MSc in Land Restoration and Reclamation

Cranfield University
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 United Kingdom Swindon Cranfield + 1 more

Designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore the degraded land as close as possible to its original status, this course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between damaged land and fully restored ecosystems. [+]

Designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore the degraded land as close as possible to its original status, this course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between damaged land and fully restored ecosystems.

Who is it for?

Land reclamation and restoration MSc is suitable for ecology, science, geography and engineering graduates, or professionals from either a science or technical background.

The course comprises eight taught modules, an integrated group project, and an individual thesis project. It provides the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies needed to restore, reclaim and remediate degraded land in order to support ecosystems functions and services.... [-]


MSc in Biology, Aquatic Ecology

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Lund

This Master’s programme Equatic Ecology specialises in the ecology of aquatic ecosystems, including both freshwater and marine systems, i.e. in the fields of Limnology and Marine Ecology, respectively. [+]

Programme overview

This Master’s programme specialises in the ecology of aquatic ecosystems, including both freshwater and marine systems, i.e. in the fields of Limnology and Marine Ecology, respectively. It provides an understanding of state-of-the-art theories and models of the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and, further, their relation to watershed, effects of anthropogenic disturbances, management strategies and restoration techniques. Practical training in laboratory and field methodology is also emphasised.

Special features of the programme:

• Close collaboration with research groups on the most recent scientific approaches to current issues in both basic and applied science... [-]


MSc Landscape Ecology with Geographical Information Systems

University of Greenwich
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and technical skills required to fulfil a professional role involving collection, management, analysis, modelling, [+]

MScLandscape Ecology with Geographical Information Systems

This programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and technical skills required to fulfil a professional role involving the collection, management, analysis, modelling, manipulation and display of landscape ecology, land use planning, and environmental conservation datasets using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

In both the UK and overseas the concept of landscape-scale land management has gained acceptance over the last decade. The implementation of environmental conservation policies and strategies based on a landscape ecology approach is increasingly dependent on spatial data that are managed and manipulated within a GIS. As a result, the Ecological Skills Gap Project has identified a clear need for ecologists with experience of GIS and for GIS specialists with an understanding of the environmental data they are being asked to manage and manipulate within a GIS.... [-]


MSc Industrial Ecology

Leiden University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Industrial Ecology is an emergent scientific discipline that promotes a systemic approach to human problems, integrating technical, environmental and social aspects. [+]

The Master of Science in Industrial Ecology (IE) offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge to achieve global prosperity within the planetary boundaries.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Industrial Ecology is an emerging scientific discipline that takes a systemic approach to environmental problems. An interdisciplinary approach, integrating technical, environmental and social frames of reference, is essential for sustainable development. The Master in Industrial Ecology is a co-operation between Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. Both universities are at the forefront of the field of Industrial Ecology.... [-]