Biodiversity and Conservation
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences,
Faculty of Science
This MSc course prepares you for a career protecting biodiversity in a range of natural, agricultural and urban ecosystems around the world. Throughout your course, you'll be in the field learning about conservation issues and the constraints posed by budgets, policy and legislation. Through fieldwork in the Peak District, you'll receive training in the principles of experimental design and data collection, equipping you with the key skills to plan and manage your own conservation projects.
You'll develop an understanding of how environmental change can impact biodiversity and how the effective management of ecosystems can positively impact both biodiversity and the ecosystem itself.
You’ll conduct an Independent Research Project, spending three months researching an area of biodiversity or conservation that matches your future career aspirations. You could be field-based, lab-based or complete a computational data-driven project, tackling topics such as urbanisation, ecosystem services, tropical deforestation, and marine conservation.
After your degree
Graduates will be well equipped to work on conservation or sustainability programmes within environmental or wildlife trusts, government or industry or solving pressing problems through research in higher education. This course is also great preparation for a PhD.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
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
For my independent research project I worked with the RSPB. The aim was to understand how targeted management interventions had affected food availability for Eurasian curlew. The mix of field and lab work allowed me access to a breadth of different scientific processes.
A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences or a related subject.
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 0123
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
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