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Graduate Diploma in Ecology

Graduate Diploma in Ecology

The programme focuses primarily in the areas of population ecology and conservation biology, but is sufficiently flexible to enable you to strengthen your knowledge in other areas of ecology. Topics include: the functioning of aquatic, marine and terrestrial ecosystems; the importance of community structure, succession and population dynamics; the processes of predation, competition and other plant/animal interactions; population responses to natural environments and man-induced stress; the current research agenda in ecology, evolution and conservation; and the potential contribution of integrating sustainable development with biodiversity conservation.

The Graduate Diploma is specifically designed to ensure you will develop a wide-range of transferable skills, which will apply to any career or further graduate study at MSc or PhD level. You will gain skills in communication, information technology, data mining and analysis, fieldwork, team work, critical writing, reasoning and time management. Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and field work and assessment is in the form of coursework, presentations, projects and examinations. Throughout the programme you will be expected to undertake search and selection of scientific literature and data, use information technology for scientific study of ecological processes and problems and demonstrate field-based skills.

Entry Requirements:

Degree subject:
This programme is open to students with a first degree in any discipline along with a strong academic background.
Degree classification:
Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent)

Other qualifications will also be considered, however, it is subject to the approval by the Programme Director.


January (Regular)
March (Express)


Population Ecology and Management

Electives (any 4 of the subjects)
Aquatic Ecology
Behavioural Ecology
Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Politics and Policy Making
Evolutionary Biology
Field Ecology
GIS Skills for Project Work
Population Ecology and Management
Sustainability, Society and Biodiversity

All of the course material is delivered by staff from the Bedong Medical College.