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    PgC/PgD/MSc Biological Recording and Analysis

    Key information

    Year of entry


    1 year (full-time from 2025) 2 years (part-time from 2024)

    Start date

    September 2024

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    Course description

    Why study a Biological Recording Degree? 

    Our Biological Recording and Analysis program aims to fill important gaps in biological data across the UK, with a dedicated focus on specialist taxonomic groups that have traditionally relied on only a few experts nationwide.  

    It is crucial for building skills in biological recording and monitoring, which are fundamental for surveying ecological habitats. These skills are increasingly needed in the field of ecology, especially with the rise of new policy requirements in areas such as Biodiversity Net Gain and UK Habitat Classification.

    Acknowledging the growing difference between the skills employers need and these employees currently have, this program is designed to hone the skills of both new and experienced professionals in biological monitoring. The curriculum is carefully crafted to ensure participants can make meaningful contributions to biodiversity policy and action through species identification and habitat monitoring.

    But why Harper Adams University?

    This programme is a collaborative effort between Harper Adams University (HAU) and the Field Studies Council, combining our shared expertise to create something unique and truly applied. Together, we are not just meeting but surpassing the demands of today's environmental professions, and providing specialised skills for our graduates within the environmental consulting, policymaking, and conservation sectors.

    Through this degree, you won't just be learning in a classroom; you'll be out in the field, getting your hands dirty with habitat surveying and species identification. This hands-on approach is key to bridging the gap in skills that employers, and the planet, desperately need. By aligning what you'll learn with what the industry needs, you'll be all set to make a real impact in biodiversity conservation and management once you graduate.

    What will I study?

    Optional modules are indicative and may be subject to change.


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    Teaching and learning

    How will I be taught? 

    This degree brings together the expertise of two distinguished institutions to provide an exceptional learning experience.

    The Field Studies Council is an environmental education charity with over 80 years of experience.  They provide expertise across various ecological realms, from bryophytes and freshwater invertebrates to botanical skills and habitat surveying. With biodiversity tutors boasting decades of specialised knowledge, they have the ability to enlist top-tier experts to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need.

    With our wide range of optional modules, you can tailor your curriculum to your specific interests and passions whilst also completing a range of core modules that provide essential foundations to help you succeed. We seamlessly blend the academic rigor expected of a Harper Adams Masters degree with the intricate specialisms of the Field Studies Council.

    Delivered part-time throughout the year, our curriculum has been designed to fit in with the demanding schedules of working professionals. Learning takes place at both Harper Adams facilities and the Field Studies Council hub at Preston Montford, near Shrewsbury, ensuring accessibility and comprehensive learning opportunities.

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