menu icon
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest news
Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation in Action MSc/PGDip

Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation in Action MSc/PGDip

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ecology Conservation / Protection Of Specific Environments

Course type


Course Summary

This course is designed for those looking for an interdisciplinary programme at the interface of social and ecological systems. The crisis in biodiversity is a crucial challenge for current and future generations. Everyday, species diversity is rapidly declining. Despite the effort of evolutionary biologists to describe biodiversity patterns and processes, they are often missing from the dialogue about conservation of the biodiversity. This course combines expert teaching with unique experiences of work in real environmental and conservation settings to develop your ability to evaluate the biological and social processes that underpin interactions between biodiversity loss and human society. You will learn to gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative genomic ecological and social data; skills which are at the forefront of current research in conservation science and evolutionary biology.

The programme is suitable for: students who have a strong interest in evolutionary processes on biodiversity and conservation; graduates of biology and related degrees; professionals working within NGOs or research institutes who wish to further develop their skills. Students are taught through a mixture of classroom, field, laboratory and computing workshop activities. There are also independent study weeks to enable students to develop their own learning. The programme culminates in an individual project which can take place in the field or in the laboratory. The assessments on the programme are designed to test activities that graduates are likely to be confronted with in real-life employment. This includes writing a management plan for a conservation area, a research grant proposal, a field journal, an analysis of genomic data and a conference presentation and poster. Graduates could pursue employment with NGO's specialising in biodiversity and conservation. You will gain expertise in bioinformatics and genomics and could find employment in biotechnology companies. You will also have the skills to undertake a PhD, or be employed in a range of establishments such as national parks, environmental agencies, molecular biology laboratories. Students can progress into the MSc after successful completion of the PgDip.


This module focuses on the understanding of a range of theoretical and practical aspects of different natural environments, from ecology, biodiversity, evolution and conservation science. The module will provide students with high-level research training in biodiversity, focusing on the interactions between physical and biological processes and patterns of complex ecosystems. The module provides a broad understanding of the most up to date techniques in bioinformatics, genomics and computer-aided decision making for biodiversity conservation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:2 honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.

University information

Middlesex is a campus university based in leafy North London only 25 minutes from the buzz of central London. It has been excelling in teaching for over 130 years and boasts international campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. Their industry led, contemporary courses and practice-based teaching will help you to excel in the job market and become a leader in your field. Middlesex’s teaching is informed by the needs of industry, so you’ll develop the...more