September 2019 start

Biodiversity and Conservation

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

This course brings together our research expertise across ecosystems: from the tropics to the Arctic, and from forests to seas.
Biodiversity and conservation

Course description

As the pressure on natural resources and ecosystems increases, the urgent need to protect and encourage the sustainable use of these ecosystems grows. Biodiversity conservation is a global priority, with a UN Sustainable Development Goal devoted to sustainably managing forests, combating desertification and halting the loss of biodiversity. In order to influence change in this area, training future ecologists, researchers and policy makers in the skills and knowledge to be able to address these challenges needs to be a priority.

This course brings together our research expertise across ecosystems: from the tropics to the Arctic, and from forests to seas. You'll develop fundamental knowledge about today’s major conservation issues and their human and environmental drivers including urbanisation, tropical logging, climate change, marine pollution and the balance between sustainable food production and biodiversity.

Throughout your training, guest speakers will help you to expand your understanding of biodiversity and conservation with real-world insights, preparing you for an exciting career protecting biodiversity around the world.

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Core modules

  • Field Biology
  • Global Conservation Issues
  • Agricultural Ecology in a Changing World
  • Changing Global Ecosystems
  • Biodiversity in Space and Time
  • Scientific Skills and Project Management
  • Literature Review
  • Independent Research Project


You’ll learn through a combination of fieldwork, laboratory classes, lectures, seminars and problem-solving classes.


Assessment includes, but is not limited to, oral presentations, essays, fieldwork, reflective journal entries, examinations, coursework, a portfolio and a dissertation.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree in biological sciences or other relevant science subject.

Applicants with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.