How to apply

To apply, you need to complete the online application form (see the Apply Online link below). As part of the application we ask you to write a personal statement. Please ensure you complete this section as fully as possible. You should include the following details:

  • why you have applied to study Ecosystem Services
  • how your experience and skills are relevant to the programme

If you meet all of the other formal entry requirments, the personal statement is vital to your application, and helps determine your eligibility for bursaries.

Entry requirements

In general, most students on the programme will have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area. This means a 2:1 or a 1st for UK undergraduate degrees or the international equivalent. As Ecosystem Services spans the natural and social sciences, relevant degrees include nearly all natural sciences and social sciences such as economics, anthropology and political sciences.

Practical experience in related fields (including business, policy, non-government or government organisations) is highly valued and will count strongly in your application.

Applicants holding a UK 2:2 honours degree or its international equivalent, may also be considered, particularaly if you have substantial work experience in a related area.

If English is not your first language, you will receive a conditional offer until you provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Application process

When you apply, you will need to supply:

  • A personal statement
  • Two academic references
  • Copies of transcripts or certificates of your academic and/or professional qualifications (with official translations if these are not in English)

You do not have to complete your application in one session, but you must complete the form fully before your application will be considered.

If you meet the requirements for the programme, you will be made an offer. If you have met all of the entry requirements this will be an 'unconditional offer' which means that you do not need to provide any further documentation.

If you have not yet met all of the entry requirements, for example, if you have not yet completed your degree or if you have not provided a suitable English language qualification, you may be made a 'conditional offer', until you meet all of the entry requirements. In this case, you will be asked to provide the required documents, and once you have done so, you should be made an unconditional offer.

We aim to make a decision on applications within three weeks of the submission of a COMPLETE application. If any documents are missing, we will request them from you.


If you are not from the UK, you are likely to need permission to study here, as well as evidence of English language proficiency.

Applicants who meet the entry requirements and who are offered a place on the programme are generally eligible for a visa, provided other financial criteria are met. You need to apply for the visa separately, once you have been offered and accepted a place; the University will issue a CAS certificate which is required for visa applications.

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