Part-time, online skills training in ecology and environmental science.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to conduct effective ecological field surveys for a range of key taxa and to analyse field survey data with confidence. 

Who would most benefit from them? 

These courses are ideal for anyone seeking flexible study combined with expert training including:

  • Professional ecological consultants and managers
  • Conservationists and field technicians, including from NGOs
  • Researchers and postgraduate students, including students wishing to make the transition to a PhD
  • Conservation volunteers or those wishing to change career into ecology or conservation

The online courses can be taken from anywhere in the world and are international in their use of case studies and examples.

What will people learn who take the courses? 

These courses enable students to:

  • Enhance practical knowledge of a large range of survey techniques including the ability to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different methods and to identify the most suitable ones for their own surveys
  • Improve their own quantitative skills for analysing and presenting ecological data 


“I would highly recommend this course to all current and future ecologists, environmentalists, naturalists and volunteers who want to turn their ecological stepping stones into corridors of knowledge, gain necessary skills and practical experience.” Karolina Petrovic

“For me, studying online was the only viable option. The beauty of the PGCert was that I could continue with studies from wherever I was working (which could be anywhere in UK). The flexibility and ease of access to the online virtual learning environment was excellent. Support was always readily available and any problems were rectified almost immediately.” Nigel Robins 

How can people apply or find out more? 


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01865 286945