You’ll gain a variety of scientific and business skills including ecological field skills, contract tendering, questionnaire design and analysis, community engagement approaches, proposal and report writing.
An understanding of the diversity of living organisms and their taxonomy is a core component of the course, together with an appreciation of the impact of humans on their environment. The practical and applied nature of this course encourages the development of generic skills including communication, IT (GIS, R), problem solving, statistical analysis, research and team-working, all designed to enhance your employability.
You’ll benefit from an intensive field course to help embed practical skills in sampling, identification and data analysis. This is likely to be based in Scotland for three weeks in early May with minimal associated costs.
If you do not have a biological background, you need to be aware that science lies at the core of this programme and have an enthusiasm to learn how to study and manage the natural world. Your choice of option module will allow you to develop a 50:50 or 66:33 split between science and business modules.
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- Kathy Velander -broad experience in developing and troubleshooting nature based tourism businesses world-wide including developing the USP, considering potential environmental impacts, assessing training needs and delivering training.
- Jay Mackinnon – skills and interests in environmental education, botany and social research.
- Stephen Taylor – interested in sustainable development and governance of natural area tourism and adventure tourism.