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Conservation and Biodiversity MSc

Conservation and Biodiversity MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ecology Environmental Conservation / Policies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

  • 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
  • Offers access to excellent facilities including state-of-the-art research laboratories, greenhouses and controlled environment rooms
  • Comprises modules that target both research and practical conservation skills

This Masters programme is taught at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall by staff at the renowned Centre for Ecology and Conservation. The course 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. Collaborating organisations include: Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Marine Conservation Society, Natural England, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Zoological Society of London.

This applied degree provides excellent employability, with our recent alumni moving onto ecological consultancy work, government conservation programmes, NGO conservation projects and fully funded PhD positions in ecology and conservation.

Learning and teaching

The taught component of this programme is delivered in the first five months. During this time, you will also familiarise yourself with the scientific literature on the topic of your research project, to which you will devote the remainder of the academic year.

Assessment

Taught modules will be assessed through formal oral presentation, written reports and discussions, during or upon the immediate completion of these modules. A significant proportion of the assessment is based on the research project and associated literature review and oral presentation. Modules run by other departments may have formal exams.

Fieldwork

The census research projects will see you spending a considerable amount of time in the field collecting data at several key research sites in West Cornwall and interacting with local NGOs (Cornwall Wildlife Trust, South West Lakes Trust).

This programme includes a two week field course in Kenya, during which you will visit some of Africa’s largest and most important game reserves, and receive an introduction to some of the day-to-day problems faced by conservation biologists in developing nations. You will study the behaviour of a variety of wild animals, focusing particularly on large mammals, birds, and insects.

Careers

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.

Different course options

Full time | University of Exeter Penryn Campus, Cornwall | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

21-SEP-20

Modules

Biological, environmental and social data are famously complicated. However, modern statistical methods are able to accommodate many of these complications, and others can be avoided through careful study design and data collection. This module uses a series of lectures, practical work and discussion sessions to guide you through modern statistical philosophies and methods. The main software platform for the module is “R”, which is powerful, flexible and free. By the end of the module you will understand how to design experiments or surveys, handle the data, analyse them, interpret the results and provide graphical summaries. Most examples used will be drawn from recent research in ecology, evolution and environmental sciences.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£13,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£23,400

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Normally 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.