Degrees are a great way to gain the skills and knowledge needed to prepare you for your career and learn from expert academics. 

Studying an Ecology or Environmental Management degree will allow you to:

  • Understand how to manage the natural environment
  • Understand how ecosystems work
  • Learn about species diversity
  • Understand how human activities are changing ecological systems
  • Understand how natural changes in the environment such as climate change, flooding and erosion affect species and habitats
  • Learn plant and animal identification skills and ecological survey techniques
  • Specialise in terrestrial or aquatic ecology

How long are degree courses?

Degree courses vary in length from one-year foundation degrees to four-year bachelor degrees with placements. There are also options to undertake further one-year top-ups and master’s degrees.

Choosing a degree

A wide range of degree courses are available so it is important to consider the right course for you.

Things to consider when choosing a degree course:

  • What aspects of ecology or environmental management are you interested in
  • Do you want to study a single subject or a combined programme
  • Do you want to study full-time or part-time
  • Can you study the course remotely or will it be in-person
  • What are the entry requirements for the course
  • What units will you study and do they reflect your interests and what you wish to use in your career
  • How much fieldwork or practical laboratory work does the course involve
  • Does the university or institution offer the option to study final-year projects as well as dissertations
  • Does the course provide opportunities for work placements often referred to as ‘sandwich courses’
  • Is the course accredited by a leading professional body such as CIEEM

Some example courses:

Ecology and wildlife conservation, environmental management, and more specialist subjects such as Zoology with Ecology and Conservation, Woodland Ecology and Conservation, Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, Environment Economics and Ecology, Business Management and Sustainability, Geography Sustainable Development and Climate Change, and many more. 

How to find a course for you:

  • Take a look at your local university website for the range of courses available
  • Have a look at the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website
  • Attend a university open day and chat with existing students and lecturers

Accredited Degrees

Studying a CIEEM accredited degree has many significant benefits, find out about them and available accredited courses here.