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MSc Conservation Science

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
19200 GBP
National
9400 GBP
EU
9400 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Department of Life Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
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About this course

This unique course will give you the skills required for success in the highly competitive field of international conservation.

You will be immersed in the ongoing conservation work of these organisations, and will be able to choose six-month research project topics linked to their conservation programmes, ensuring that your project contributes to real-world conservation.

The course provides a strong quantitative basis for conservation work, including decision theory, conservation planning, statistical computing and modelling.

Through learning to collect, analyse and use both socioeconomic and biological information, you will gain a truly interdisciplinary understanding of the theory and practice of conservation.

By the end of the course you will not only have developed an ability to analyse conservation issues, but you will also know how to put this understanding into action, implementing successful conservation projects.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in any subject. Applicants without the relevant level of qualification but substantial field experience may be considered.

International qualifications
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

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Course Modules

The taught element of the course is arranged in week-long modules, and covers topics such as the current state of the environment, poverty-environment linkages, drivers of biodiversity loss, conservation ethics and key techniques in conservation. You also examine a number of real-world case studies.

The course has a particular focus on interactive group work. Through this you will develop the skills you need to succeed as a conservation professional:

  • writing proposals
  • managing projects
  • facilitating stakeholder engagement
  • presenting posters
  • giving talks at scientific forums

A 23-week individual research project, conducted under supervision, accounts for 50% of your overall degree mark. Your project, to be written up as a thesis, can be on any topic within the broad area of conservation science as long as it has a clear application to conservation of the natural world. Some projects are purely ecological, and others pure social science. Many have aspects of both. Past project titles include:

  • Livelihoods in an artisanal fishing community and the effect of ecotourism
  • Reconciling protected area management and sustainable development in the Indian Himalayas
  • Resolving human-bear conflict in the Venezuelan Andes
  • Evaluating the use of camera traps to estimate animal abundance

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How to Apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

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