Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques

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University of Oxford: Department for Continuing Education
Wellington Square, Oxford
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01865 270360


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.

Taught part-time, normally over one year, the PGCert offers an effective blend of face-to-face, online and experiential learning, which ensures that specialist training can fit alongside busy work schedules and commitments.

The course is designed for a wide range of professionals needing to up-skill in environmental management, environmental assessment and biodiversity monitoring, including consultants, environmental managers and educators as well as volunteers and those looking to make a career change that are seeking flexible study combined with expert training. The course provides excellent opportunities to network and share practical experience and ideas.

It can be taken from anywhere in the world with an internet connection and is international in its use of case studies and examples. Past students have joined the Ecological Survey Techniques programme from the UK, the USA, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe.

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The PGCert in Ecological Survey Techniques can help professionals to apply for Chartered Status (such as Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Ecologist), and to meet relevant professional competency thresholds. Further information can be found in our Chartered status and essential skills guide.

The PGCert comprises:

One Core Face-to-Face Module: Introduction to EST in Oxford
Two online Core Modules in Vegetation and Data Analysis
A choice of two out of four online Option Modules specialising in Mammals and Reptiles, Birds, Fish and Amphibians, and Invertebrates
A Core Field Project
The course is ideal for both UK-based and international students that wish to follow a flexible programme of study leading to an Oxford qualification. A choice of modu