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Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course MRes

Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course MRes

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Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | 27-SEP-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

27-SEP-21

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Ecology Environmental Conservation / Policies

Course type

Research

Course Summary

Overview

Are you ready to make your impact on biodiversity?

The University of Leeds has twice been recognised by the European Union as a "centre of excellence" for biodiversity and conservation training.

We believe biodiversity can only be managed and conserved when it can be measured and interpreted properly. Our leading researchers are making an impact through their dedicated research within the field of ecology and conservation. Your learning will be heavily influenced by their world-leading research, which drives national and international policy agendas around environmental change and global sustainability.

This distinctive course concentrates on the biological principles underlying biodiversity, its assessment and management. You’ll learn to identify plants and animals, understand the ecological factors underlying biodiversity and conservation and gain key analytical and practical skills for a range of academic and professional careers. You’ll also gain valuable experience in biodiversity and conservation-related research.

You’ll also undertake the African field course is based at Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia, Kenya. You’ll gain a first-hand appreciation of the ecology and conservation concerns of an African savannah community, both for the wildlife and the people who live in the area. As well as learning about the local environment, flora and fauna, you’ll spend most of the time designing and carrying out group research projects.

This course is designed to prepare you for further research at PhD level, or for a career in conservation. If you’re already an established conservation professional, our modules provide additional skills to support you to progress in your employment.

Learning and teaching

Your learning will be heavily influenced by the University’s world-leading research as well as our strong links with highly qualified professionals from industry, non-governmental organisations and charities. Thanks to these links, potential employers including Natural England, conservation bodies and commercial ecological consultancies, both local and national, contribute directly to teaching on a number of our modules, providing key practical training and invaluable networking opportunities.

You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including: formal lectures, interactive workshops, field trips, problem-solving, practical classes and demonstrations.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods: practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, group work, computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations.

Career opportunities

We take both your personal and your career development very seriously. We have a proactive Industrial Advisory Board who advises us on what they look for in graduates and on employability related skills within our courses.

Our graduates have gone on to a very varied range of biodiversity and conservation jobs and careers around the world. We know that the subject knowledge and training we provide is excellent, but we’re also trying to produce well-rounded graduates who have the skills, experience and confidence to succeed in a challenging job market.

Modules

On completion of this module, students should be able to prepare research proposals, conduct substantial pieces of independent research, and prepare both written and oral reports. The students will also gain skills in specific practical techniques of value in their proposed careers, including knowledge of time management and organisation, communication via different methods, awareness of health and safety issues.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£13,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£25,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject.

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