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MSc MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

Catalog id : TM_BD1
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
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 Tuition fee

18770 GBP
13150 GBP
13150 GBP

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National 0 GBP
School of Geography and the Environment
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management aims to provide a critical and conceptually sophisticated understanding of biodiversity science and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which management and policy decisions are made.

The specific course objectives are to develop your abilities to:

  • critically engage with concepts and theory in biodiversity science and management from interdisciplinary perspectives and at an advanced level
  • describe by whom and by what space and territory is produced and governed in conservation over time
  • critically assess the modes through which conservation builds and extends power and describe in detail the factors that explain the emergence and performance of different governance modes;
  • appreciate the role of ethics, values and norms in producing culturally attuned and effective conservation interventions
  • embrace the implications of new technological forces for the future of biodiversity science and management
  • link theory, hypothesis, methods, data and field work so as to identify and develop advanced research questions and design.

Graduate destinations

  • The aim of the course is to train future leaders, managers and policy makers in biodiversity, conservation and natural resource management.
  • Thus the course teaches conservation as a dynamic discipline integral to all the major areas of human concern - judicial reform, political economy, religion, spatial planning, poverty alleviation, human and institutional capacity, agriculture, and population growth, in addition to the hard science of biodiversity.

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Eligibility Criteria

1. Academic ability

Proven and potential academic excellence

  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought

References/letters of recommendation 

  • Your references will support your academic achievements, interests, and personal motivation.
  • In order to assist assessors in their consideration of applications references should be from experienced scholars and teachers of graduate students.
  • In view of this, it is recommended that at least two of the three references are from academics.

Written work produced by the student

  • One piece of written work (not more than 2,000 words) is required from all applicants.
  • The piece of written work will show your ability to write a good academic document.
  • The written work must be in English and can be either essays you have written or chapters of a thesis, or published scholarly papers, or maybe work written specifically to support your application.

Statement of purpose/personal statement

The personal statement should be written in English and be no more than two pages long.

This will be assessed for:

  • your reasons for applying
  • evidence of your enthusiasm for the proposed area of study, over and above what would be expected from an undergraduate course of instruction
  • the ability to present a reasoned case in English
  • commitment to the subject, beyond the requirements of the degree course
  • capacity for sustained and intense work
  • reasoning ability
  • ability to absorb new ideas, often presented abstractly, at a rapid pace.

English Language Requirement:


IELTS Academic

  • Minimum Score: 7.0
  • Minimum 6.5 per component


  • Minimum Score: 100
  • Minimum component scores: Listening (22), Reading (24),Speaking (25), Writing (24)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CPE taken before Jan 2015: Grade C

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CAE taken before Jan 2015:Grade B

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Course Modules

Core modules

  • Conservation Biogeography (MT): 8 classes
  • Ecosystems [part with MSc in ECM] (MT): 8 classes
  • Conservation Landscapes (HT): 4 classes
  • Species Responses to Climate Change (HT): 4 classes
  • Conservation Governance (MT): 8 classes
  • Conservation and Society
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (MT): 7 classes
  • Professional Research Practice (MT): 12 classes
  • Research Methods [with MSc in NSEG] (HT): 6 classes and a practical project

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How to Apply

Applicants are not required to make contact with an academic member of staff in the department prior to submitting an application.

The standard set of materials you should send with any application to a research course comprises:

  • a statement of purpose/personal statement, no more than two pages long
  • a CV/résumé
  • three academic references
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • one relevant academic essay or other writing sample of 2,000 words, or a 2,000-word extract of longer work.

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