This MSc will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in conservation or ecological consultancy. To date, graduates of the course have been employed by a range of non-governmental organisations (for example ORCA, The Irish Wildlife Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust), governmental organisations (NIEA and AFBI) and consultancies (including AECOM, WSP, WYG and RPS). Graduates have also progressed into research at various universities.
Employment after the Course
Many of our students go on to pursue further PhD study in relevant areas both here at Queen's and further afield. Others go on to work in a variety of roles in both the private and public sector here in Northern Ireland and internationally with some setting up their own companies.
The following are some of the jobs they have taken on:
• Principal Town & Country Planning Consultant at TC Town Planning
• Psychologist, DOE Marine Division
• Conservation Officer, The Irish Wildlife Trust
• Managing Quantity Surveyor, Faithful & Gold
• Survey Team Leader & Wildlife Guide at ORCA
• Ecologist at Roughan & O'Donovan
• Ecologist at Neo Environmental Ltd
• MCO Spatial NI at Ordnance Survey
• Outreach Officer Bumblebee Conservation Trust
• HSEQ Coordinator & Advisor Remondis Australia
• Scientific Officer at AFBI
• Scientific Officer at Northern Ireland Environment Agency
• Principal Environmental Consultant at Ayre Environmental Consulting
• Assistant Ecologist WYG
• Consultant Ecologist at AECOM
• Network Development Manager (NE) Sustrans
• Ecologist at Blackstaff Ecology Ltd
• Project Manager for ESGE, Munich
• Lab Analyst at Fibertec Environmental Services, Michigan
• Freelance Seasonal Ecologist/ Bat Surveyor
• Environmental Educator, UNESCO Dublin Bay Biosphere
• Conservation Advisor at RSPB
• Application Specialist, Exploristics Ltd
• Raptor Monitoring Officer at Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group
• Environmental Assistant at Northstone (NI) Limited
• AES Biodiversity Intern at Ulster Wildlife
• Graduate Assistant Ecologist at Ecological Survey & Assessment (ECOSA) Limited
• Ecologist at RPS Group
• Ecologist at Focus Ecology
• Compliance Officer at Norbrook Laboratories ltd
• Assistant Ecologist Wild Frontier Ecology Ltd
• Graduate Land Consultant at Mouchel
• Regulatory Affairs Associate at Genpact Pharmalink
• Engineering Technician at McCloy Consulting Limited
• Volunteer at Belfast Hills Partnership Trust
• Natural Resources Specialist at Equinox Environmental
• Consultation and Design, Inc. Ashville
Employers who are interested in people like you:
Environmental consultancies (local, national and international), museums, conservation charities like the RSPB, National Trust or the Wildlife Trusts, government, for example, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) or local conservation groups such as those into fisheries management, stock assessment, habitat or species restoration.
You will be perfectly placed as a site manager on a nature reserve or an environmental education officer. You could equally end up in industry conducting environmental impact assessments on projects such as alternative energy production like windfarms or marine turbines, or infrastructural developments such as airport runway extensions.
After your MSc you might want to travel and gain experience in places like Asia, South America or Africa.
You may even follow in the footsteps of Queen's alumni like zoologist, wildlife photographer and television presenter Jonathan Scott, who has gone on to film wildlife documentaries for the BBC like Big Cat Diary.