Distance Learning Programmes in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences



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Ecology is a bio-science that studies the interaction between organisms, plants and the environment in which they live, both biotic and abiotic. It analyses the structure, function and productivity of the supra-individual bio-systems, the populations and the mixed systems, known as the ecosystems. It also deals with environment protection, animal and vegetal biodiversity, genetic diversity, agriculture, and water purification or climate-change concerns.

Ecologists are mostly engaged in research, they analyse acquired data and provide reports about environmental issues. Professionals typically specialise in one ecological area such as aquatic ecology, biodiversity and taxonomy, conservation biology among others.

Ecology is mainly a descriptive and experimental science and it utilises methods from other disciplines including math, statistics, physiology and geology. Study programmes blend lectures with field practice, data collection, and lab research. Students assimilate core principals of environmental systems and learn how to apply them to real-world management issues, particularly in the conservation field and in the assessment of human impact in the natural world.

Graduates specialising in ecology practice in governmental agencies, in the private sector or in non-profit organisations. As environmental awareness is globally growing, the offer of "green jobs" is also increasing. Careers prospects include zoologist, conservancy officer, molecular biologist, laboratory manager or environmental consultant.

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Suggested Online Programmes Ecology

Postgraduate Certificate Groundwater Hydrology

The Graduate Certificate in Science in Groundwater Hydrology from Flinders University is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.

M.Sc. Biodiversity and Systematics

On the Biodiversity and Systematics programme offered by Stockholm University you will gain a broad knowledge of living organisms, their relationships and learn specific identification and research skills to be able to follow a career in the conservation of biodiversity for the future.

Postgraduate Diploma Groundwater Hydrology

The Groundwater Hydrology program from Flinders University enables scientists, engineers and other environmental professionals whose work requires groundwater knowledge to complete a professional and industry-focused study of groundwater hydrology.