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Conservation Ecology MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Conservation Ecology MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary


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.

After you graduate

Career prospects

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.



Students can also exit with Pgdip/PgCert awards.

Different course options

Full time | Headington Campus | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module considers the nature and extent of ecosystem degradation resulting from human activities and the methods for conserving and restoring degraded ecosystems.

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

Applicants are usually expected to have (or be about to attain) at least a second class honours degree in a related scientific subject from a recognised institution of higher education. If you do not have these academic qualifications, you could still be offered a place on this course if you can show evidence of the potential to succeed based on professional and/or related experiences.

University information

Oxford Brookes University has grown to become one of the UK's top modern universities, and is highly regarded both nationally and internationally for its excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Oxford Brookes University brings together high-quality teaching with courses designed for the real world, great employer links and a first-class careers service. The University has four main faculties: Oxford Brookes Business...more

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