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The award
MSc

How long you will study
2 - 3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

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About Biological Recording at Manchester Metropolitan University

Year of entry

2017

Length

Part-time: 2-3 years

Tuition Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1410 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2400 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

Optional Estimate: £500

How are these costs calculated?

Students often choose to buy a laptop and/or printer for their degree. The cost might be £300 to £400 for the personal laptop or tablet and £50 to £100 for the printer and print consumables.

Other Costs

Compulsory Estimate: £840

How are these costs calculated?

This programme is delivered is association with the Field Studies Council and utilises FSC facilities across the UK. Core modules are delivered at Preston Montford (near Shrewsbury) and have 2 night residential/non-residential options of attendance available at additional cost. The optional field units (6 x 10 credits) are available from a wide portfolio of short courses delivered across FSC facilities in the UK. These field unit weekends also are offered as either 2/3 night residential/non-residential options of attendance, depending upon the choice of field unit taken. Students will be expected to print out assessments (including dissertations (with binding) and posters). Travel expenses associated with independent data collection for final year dissertations are not re-imbursed by the School. Students will be advised to undertake low-cost local fieldwork at the design and planning stages of a project if necessary. Core modules: Min £40 - Max £560. Depending on non/residential arrangements. Optional Field Units (6 x 10 credits) £75 to £280 / 10 credits depending on option and residency arrangements.

Location

The Gateway facility, Shrewsbury

Department

School of Science & The Environment

The course is designed to give you the ability to use and collect biological records and subject them to critical analysis. 

In Year 1, you will study the compulsory unit Managing Biological Records, which runs over four weekends from October to January with each weekend running from Friday evening to Sunday at 4.00pm. This is based at Preston Montford Field Centre near Shrewsbury.

In the spring and summer you can choose from a number of field-based units, each of which takes place over a long (three day) weekend running from Friday evening to Monday at 4.00pm. If you stop after successful completion of these units, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Biological Recording.

The second year follows a very similar pattern, with the compulsory unit being Research Methods in Biological Recording over four winter weekends, then three more spring and summer units. If you stop after successful completion of these units, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Biological Recording. Successful completion of a dissertation will then result in the MSc degree.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master's students - click here to find out more information

Tuition Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1410 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2400 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Career options after the course

Our students have an excellent record of promotion and recruitment to jobs in ecology and biological recording, especially those with an emphasis on high quality field skills and record interpretation.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Science and the Environment and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

At least an upper second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications but with equivalent experience will also be considered.

There's further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications.

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