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Global Biodiversity Conservation MSc

Global Biodiversity Conservation MSc

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Conservation / Policies Ecology

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc will give you advanced knowledge and skills in conservation biology.

Our campus is in the Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and surrounded by the South Downs National Park. Here you’ll gain an advanced, global outlook on conservation and will be ready to help solve the challenges of change in the modern world.

Learn about the positive approaches conservation biologists use to address conservation challenges, and have the chance to take part in unique research in the field.

We are part of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP). This provides an excellent interdisciplinary research environment spanning the School of Life Sciences, the School of Global Studies, Sussex Law School, SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit and the Institute of Developmental Studies.


This course teaches concrete conservation and biology skills within a vigorous research environment, giving you a diverse skill set and a global perspective which will place you in a strong position to secure a career in conservation.


Rewilding is emerging as an optimistic agenda in conservation biology that seeks to reverse the decline in biodiversity by restoring natural processes, typically through the reintroduction of missing keystone species. Rewilding gained global recognition when it was suggested that these keystone species should include the missing late Quaternary megafauna, but it is still an emerging field that is encouraging innovation and exploration of ideas. This module explores the theory that underpins rewilding covering Pleistocene and Holocene baselines, natural process function, trophic cascades, and keystone species. It then considers the process and application of rewilding to deliver ecological and social benefits.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements- You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements- Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.