This course aims to enhance your understanding of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services and the benefits the ecosystem provides. You will examine the scientific principles relating to the provision of ecosystem of services, their linkage with ecosystem function and the relationships with biodiversity.

The course helps you to understand the distribution of beneficiaries; different approaches to valuation; potential links with the green economy, and how the production of ecosystem services can be measured and mapped. Key ecosystem services that will be considered include provisioning services such as food and water; regulating services, such as flood & disease control; cultural services, such as spiritual, recreational, and cultural benefits; and supporting services, such as nutrient cycling.

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Key information

Next start date:

27 January 2025


Distance learning/online


10 weeks

Entry requirements:

This course is open to anyone with a relevant undergraduate degree. Alternatively, non-graduates / professionals with significant and relevant work experience, who can also demonstrate an ability to both complete and benefit from the course will be considered

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.