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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.

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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

Ecology study abroad programs

Ecology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in ecology

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    Biology: Biodiversity & Ecology - BS Bishop's University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,822 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,006 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Biological Sciences: Conservation Biology and Ecology (Tempe Campus) - BS Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,760 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biological Sciences: Ecology and Evolution - BSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    43,665 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,665 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Biological Sciences: Ecology & Evolution - BS University of Cincinnati, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,010 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,010 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biological Sciences: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (STEM) - BS California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,509 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,509 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Ecology graduate programs

Master's in ecology

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    Biological Sciences: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation - MSc California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biology: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - MSc American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,596 USD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Biology: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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    Ecology and Biodiversity - MSc Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,571 NZD

    Start date
    July
    Show program overview about Ecology and Biodiversity
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    Science: Conservation and Ecology (Research) - MSc Lincoln University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,262 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,500 NZD

    Start date
    January, June
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    Science: Ecology - MSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,344 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Science: Ecology

Doctorate in ecology

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    Ecology - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,375 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June, July
    Show program overview about Ecology

Diploma in ecology

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    Applied Science: Ecology For Nature Conservation - GDip Lincoln University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,598 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,800 NZD

    Start date
    January
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    Science and Technology: Ecology - PGDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,188 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,870 NZD

    Start date
    November, February, July
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    Science: Ecology - PGDipSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,344 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Science: Ecology

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.