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Ecology degrees abroad

Ecology refers to the study of the interactions between living creatures and their environments. It’s a type of science that involves elements of biology, mathematics, geography, geology, statistics, and physiology.

As an ecology student, you’ll learn about the science behind ecology, including the evolution of species, the organization of creature populations, and the principles of biodiversity. You’ll examine how the earth’s biological systems are coping with challenges like climate change and deforestation and will work to offer solutions. You’ll be equipped with the theoretical and practical skills that you need to kickstart a career in ecology.

You cannot truly appreciate the rich diversity of the earth’s ecosystems without leaving your home country; that’s why studying ecology abroad is a fantastic idea. Encountering new environments, habitats, and species will help you to see ecology through a global lens. You’ll work alongside international experts and will graduate with the knowledge to work anywhere in the world.

Ecology program structure

A BSc in ecology will be studied over three or four years, depending on your university. Most universities will encourage you to take a placement year during your studies where you’ll temporarily join the ranks of an environmental organization, pharmaceutical company, or something similar.

On many undergraduate programs, ecology is paired with a related subject like biodiversity, environmental science, or conservation. Most of these courses are still classified as single honors programs and cover similar ground, but it’s worth double-checking the exact course details before applying.

Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s, you can go on to study a postgraduate qualification. These programs are more research-based and you’ll need to narrow your focus. A master’s usually takes one or two years to complete, followed by a PhD which can take between four and seven years to finish.

As well as learning through lectures, tutorials, and laboratory workshops, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to undertake practical studies and fieldwork. This combination will give you a solid theoretical and practical comprehension of the subject.

What’s covered on your course will differ between institutions. A range of elective modules will help you tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests. However, most university programs will cover these core areas:

  • Ecology of animal, plants and microbes
  • Evolution
  • Cell and development biology
  • Microbiology
  • Animal and plant biology
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Laboratory and professional skills for bioscientists
  • Genes and genomes
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Best countries to study ecology

Ecology study abroad programs

What are the top ecology undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Western Washington UniversityBiology: Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Molecular Biology, Ecology
    Location
    Bellingham, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,562USD
  • University of Connecticut (in partnership with Kaplan International)Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - BA/BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Ecology, Evolutionary Biology
    Location
    Storrs, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    39,678USD
  • University of KansasEcology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Molecular Biology, Ecology
    Location
    Lawrence, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    30,514USD
  • Auburn UniversityOrganismal Biology: Ecology, Evolution & Behavior - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Molecular Biology, Ecology
    Location
    Auburn, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    33,202USD
  • Stephen F. Austin State UniversityEcology & Evolutionary Biology - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Ecology, Evolutionary Biology
    Location
    Nacogdoches, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    23,200USD

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What are the top ecology postgraduate programs abroad?

  • American UniversityBiology: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Ecology, Evolutionary Biology
    Location
    Washington DC, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    36,000USD
  • California State University, SacramentoBiological Sciences: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Biological Sciences, Conservation, Ecology
    Location
    Sacramento, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800USD

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Future ecology careers

The need for qualified ecologists has arguably never been greater. With so many ecosystems in jeopardy, your knowledge and skills will open doors to several rewarding and fulfilling roles across public and private sectors, including:

  • Ecological consultant
  • Conservation officer
  • Zoologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Research analyst
  • Laboratory technician
  • Environmental researcher
  • Environmental policy analyst

If you’re finding it difficult to figure out what your dream job is, arrange to speak with your university’s career services. They provide professional advice and guidance to help you accelerate your career.

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