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Conservation and Rural Development - MSc

Conservation and Rural Development - MSc

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Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

25-SEP-23

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Food / Agricultural Economics Country Planning Community Development

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MSc in Conservation and Rural Development explores the issues underlying the conservation-rural development debate and offers practical and methodological tools for working at the interface between conservation and rural development.

Overview

The relationship between conservation and rural development can best be described as an uneasy alliance: on the one hand there is substantial common ground between them in terms of preventing environmental degradation, but on the other, they are often in direct conflict. This pathway explores the issues underlying the conservation/rural development debate and offers practical and methodological tools for working at the interface between the two.

The programme is relevant to the work of national management and scientific authorities, international and national NGOs, consultancy firms and contractors, international agencies and donors.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is carried out primarily through coursework with written examinations for some modules. The research dissertation is written up in the format of a paper for publication.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • produce postgraduates equipped to play leading roles in the field of international conservation and biodiversity management
  • develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and practice
  • provide you with opportunities to gain a interdisciplinary perspective on conservation issues through collaborative exchange between DICE and the wider University
  • develop your competence in applying theoretical and methodological skills to the implementation of conservation practice and biodiversity management

Careers

The School has a very good record for postgraduate employment and academic continuation. DICE programmes combine academic theory with practical field experience to develop graduates who are highly employable within government, NGOs and the private sector.

Modules

The curriculum will review the approaches used by natural scientists in the design and analysis of research projects. The principles of experimental design and how these can be applied to field projects will be explained, together with the nature of both quantitative and qualitative data. An introduction to sampling strategies and the role of probability in inferential statistics will lead into the role of descriptive statistics and measures of variability in data exploration. This will be complemented by consideration of the application of both parametric and nonparametric statistics in data analysis (i.e. t-tests, ANOVA, regression, correlation and their nonparametric equivalents), coupled with training in the use of a statistical package to carry out such analyses. Finally, the rules underlying the appropriate presentation of statistical data in research reports will be discussed.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

13,900

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

22,300

Entry requirements

Students need to have a good second class honours degree, or better, in a relevant subject; a good honours degree in other subjects together with relevant practical experience. In exceptional circumstances, DICE admits applicants without a first degree if their professional career and experience shows academic achievement of a high enough standard. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent is a leading international higher education institution, with a reputation for academic excellence and the unofficial title of the UK’s ‘European university’. With postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels alongside the Canterbury and Medway main campuses, students will find that the university is the perfect place to sharpen their focus and broaden their horizons as they continue their studies. The university is...more

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