Postgraduate Certificate Blended

Ecological Survey Techniques

University of Oxford

12 months
7765 GBP/year
5790 GBP/year
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The Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques from the University of Oxford aims to provide 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.


The PGCert in Ecological Survey Techniques from the University of Oxford is taught via a mixture of face-to-face, online and experiential learning. A choice of modules enables students to explore areas of interest and specialism relevant to their professional needs.

Drawing on a rich pool of expertise, teaching is conducted by a highly knowledgeable and diverse team of practitioners and academics engaged directly with ecological issues.

Who is the course for?

The course (taught part-time, normally over one year) is designed for a wide range of both students and professionals needing to up-skill in: Environmental management; Environmental assessment; Biodiversity monitoring.

Many of our PGCert students are professional ecological consultants, environmental managers and rangers, research and postgraduate students, educators as well as volunteers and those looking to make a career change. The course suits those looking for flexible study combined with expert training. 

The techniques covered are universal using international case studies and examples. Past students have joined from the UK, the USA, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • one core face-to-face module
  • two online core modules in vegetation and in data analysis;
  • a choice of two out of four online option modules specialising in mammals and reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians, and invertebrates; and
  • a core field project.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours. Candidates with a degree in environmental conservation, ecology, biodiversity or other life sciences subjects will be given priority; however, candidates with degrees in other subjects who can demonstrate field experience or science skills will also be considered.
  • Applicants who do not meet this requirement will also be considered if they are able to demonstrate considerable experience in the field of environmental conservation practice.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.6 out of 4.0.

Tuition Fee

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    7765 GBP/year
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  • National

    5790 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5790 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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