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Conservation and Biodiversity MSc

Conservation and Biodiversity MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ecology Environmental Conservation / Policies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is: designed in consultation with multiple external agencies to ensure relevant training that maximises graduate employability; Offers substantial field work opportunities in the UK and overseas; Provides opportunities to connect with external agencies and organisations to further enhance your training; Delivered by leading international researchers in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation; Comprises modules that target both research and practical conservation skills. This programme boasts a significant research component, with substantial fieldwork opportunities in the UK as well as a field course in Africa. A distinctive and integral feature of our MSc is the high degree of input from conservationists in collaborating governmental and non-governmental organisations. This participation takes a variety of forms, including guest lectures, field visits and specific training courses, but may also include providing research projects in their organisations. This applied degree provides excellent employability, with our alumni moving into careers such as: ecological consultancy, government conservation in UK and overseas, NGO conservation in the UK (Bat Conservation Trust, RSPB, and Wildlife Trusts) and overseas and fully funded PhD positions in ecology and conservation. Through integral collaboration with key external agencies, this MSc ensures that the training you receive links directly to relevant employment opportunities within the UK and abroad. The programme also prepares you for research and it is expected that a significant proportion of graduates will go on to PhD study.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

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Biological, environmental and social data are famously complicated, and rarely satisfy the requirements of classical statistical analyses. This module uses a series of lectures, practicals and discussion sessions to guide you through modern statistical philosophies and methods. The software platform for the module is ?R?, powerful open source software for statistics and graphics. By the end of the module you will understand how to design experiments or surveys, handle the data, analyse it, interpret results and provide graphical summaries. All examples used will be drawn from recent research in ecology, evolution, environmental and social sciences.
LESM006 The Art of Science (15 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

Students need to have at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject is required, although a 2:2 with relevant experience will be considered. Applicants from non-science backgrounds will be considered, provided that the first degree contained an empirical component, and/or if the applicants have had work experience in the field of conservation/wildlife management.

University information

The University of Exeter is a public research university that is a member of the leading research- oriented UK universities, the Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of their 23,613 students, 4,681 of these are postgraduates. There are three main campuses to study at, with most...more

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