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MSc or PGDip or PGCert
Our MSc/PGDip/PGCert Conservation Ecology course develops the professional and field skills, including identification and survey techniques required for effective conservation. It will familiarise you with the key ecological concepts underlying evidence-based conservation.
You will produce professional reports and assessments. And undertake monitoring of species and communities. You will also gain essential skills for conservation practitioners, for example:
- knowledge of international and national wildlife legislation
- planning law and environmental policy
- IT competencies, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- an understanding of the ecological requirements of different species and the implications of environmental change
- an ability to statistically interpret field data.
The course has two pathways:
- conservation within the UK/EU
- conservation at the international level.
How to apply
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
The course is organised on a module-credit basis. Each 20 M-level credit module represents about 200 hours of student input. And about 36 hours of staff contact, usually through three-hour teaching blocks over the two 12-week semesters.
Early in Semester 1 you will plan your research project. You will work with your tutor to design a project that best suits your interests and needs. We encourage working with external research organisations and conservation practitioners.
For a Postgraduate Certificate you will need 60 level 7 credits.
For an MSc you need 180 level 7 credits - you must complete all the course modules including the research project.
For a PGDip 120 level 7 credits - you must complete the course modules without the research project.
We also offer the course on a part-time basis. We encourage applications from professionals in conservation organisations and environmental consultancies who wish to upgrade their qualifications.
Our Centre for Ecology, Environment and Conservation is developing the use of mobile applications for data collection and processing in the field.
Research in the following areas is undertaken via the Centre for Ecology, Environment and Conservation:
- invertebrate ecology and biogeography
- evolutionary developmental biology
- spatial ecology and land use
- evolution of animal development and morphology.
After you graduate
Graduates of this course gain employment primarily with environmental consultancies or agencies, conservation organisations and charities, or continue academic research as PhD students. Some of our past students are currently working for:
- environmental consultants
- the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
- the Environment Agency
- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- Natural England
- conservation organisations overseas.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.