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Conservation Biology - MSc

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Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | JAN-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

JAN-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Biology Biology (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This course provides you with a knowledge base and the practical experience to address issues relating to biodiversity conservation and biodiversity management. Modern conservation science transcends the traditional boundaries of biology, ecology and environmental management. Today’s managers of biodiversity need to be versed in a broad range of specialist fields, from population ecology and human community development, through to international wildlife trade and the economics of conservation, as well as the latest techniques in endangered species recovery. Our MSc in Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary pathway that integrates all of these aspects of conservation biology. It is designed for wildlife managers with practical experience in international conservation work looking to acquire formal scientific training, as well as students with academic qualifications looking to develop a career in conservation.

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; develop your critical and analytical powers in relation to policy formulation and data analysis and interpretation; provide you with the skills to adapt and respond positively to change; develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills necessary for professional development; enhance the development of your interpersonal skills; assist you to develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and team-working.

Modules

This module provides an introduction to evolutionary and population biology, starting with the main evolutionary processes that influence populations and how they evolve, and leading into the established demographic theory that underpins population biology. Associated topics also covered will include evolutionary phylogenetics, comparative analysis and meta-population dynamics. Following this, population genetic mechanisms are considered, such as natural selection, genetic drift and inbreeding, and how they interact to influence populations of threatened species. A practical component of the module focuses on molecular genetic techniques, and how to interpret such genetic data.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£13,260

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£20,900

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

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 we admit 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 place where people can sharpen their focus with postgraduate study. It is known as the UK’s European university and has postgraduate centres in Brussels and Paris, as well as two UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway. As a postgraduate, students will have the opportunity to study full or part-time on the majority of programmes offered in one of Kent’s European centres. Kent offer postgraduate students...more