The MSc Conservation Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to conservation theory and practice. It brings together students and academic staff from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, but with a shared passion for conservation.
- Explore conflicts between different human agencies, engage with conservation policy and governance at different scales (local, national, and international), and consider the relationship between the public, science, and policy.
- Research ecological case studies and examples from a range of habitats in aquatic and terrestrial systems and gain a scientific understanding of data collection and analysis.
- An interdisciplinary approach means you can explore a range of methodological approaches to conservation – ecological, economic, historical, etc.
- Your summer research project can (subject to availability) be undertaken in collaboration with an external organisation involved in conservation practice.
Our growing understanding of ecosystems, ecosystem services, and biodiversity suggests that conservation of the environment is crucial to humankind's survival. However, there are significant challenges to effective conservation.
Firstly, there is a need for further advances in scientific understanding and data collection. The MSc Conservation Studies provides advanced training in data collection and analysis and the design of ecological studies with the opportunity for you to develop fieldwork, mathematical computing, and experimental skills.
Secondly, there is the need to inform and engage the public, managers, and decision makers. On the MSc Conservation Studies, you will explore conflicts between different human agencies, engage with conservation policy and governance at different scales (local, national, and international), and consider the relationship between the public, science, and policy.
The degree is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and you will be encouraged to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate current debates in conservation with a view to mediating what can appear to be irreconcilable differences. The core modules comprise seminars led by subject experts drawn from across the University and speakers from conservation-related organisations who provide a professional perspective.
The MSc degree is a one year full-time programme. Students complete one core module in Semester 1 (September to December) and a second core module in Semester 2 (January to June). Students take one or two optional modules in each semester. The period from June to August is used to complete the summer research project.
The MSc degree involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical exercises. Most modules are assessed through coursework, including written assignments, social media assignments, and presentations.
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