Participation of the general public in scientific projects has experienced rapid growth over the past decade, covering a huge range of disciplinary areas including astronomy, history, arts, cell biology, engineering, climate science, epidemiology, and public health.
For ecology in particular, citizen science is a long-established and vital tool for assessing the status of wildlife populations across the world, providing critical evidence for the health status of ecosystems (e.g. data from public-powered monitoring programmes made up the majority of the evidence for the UK’s State of Nature Report in 2019). From policy makers and funders, to city councils and governments, interest and investment in citizen science projects are global.
But how are such projects are designed, implemented, and managed to be successful? What are the best methods to collect and evaluate the data? Which privacy and data sharing agreements need to be considered?
Furthermore, the Citizen Science programme from University College London (UCL) will provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to inform the development and progression of the project. It may also be possible to collaborate on and design your final research project based on your experience with our industry partners.
The MSc in Citizen Science will enable a new generation of socially engaged scholars and practitioners to meet the needs of industry, government and public sectors which are seeing a rapid growth of the interest and participation of the general public in collecting and processing data to answer critical environmental questions.
Upon completion of the programme you will possess the theoretical and practical skills to successfully plan, deliver, evaluate, and manage citizen science projects, and apply contextually appropriate data management practices to support open and accessible science. You will also leave with the necessary insight to plan and undertake independent research, and the ability to report its findings to a variety of audiences.
- Computational Methods in Biodiversity Research
- The Practice of Citizen Science
- MSc Citizen Science Research Project
- Designing and Managing Citizen Science
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.
DisciplinesBusiness Intelligence & Analytics Data Science & Big Data Ecology View 89 other Masters in Ecology in United Kingdom
- A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
International32100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 32100 GBP per year during 12 months.
National19400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19400 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK tuition fees (Part Time): £9,700
- Overseas tuition fees (Part Time): £16,050
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