The MSc in Conservation Studies explores the theoretical and practical aspects of conservation. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of conservation questions and concepts as well as learn applied skills needed for conservation careers.
- Aimed at students intending to follow a career in conservation.
- Introduces key questions and concepts in conservation studies, providing a comprehensive overview of the field.
- Explores conservation practice and applied skills needed in conservation roles and research projects may be undertaken with a conservation organisation.
- Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
- Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.
The MSc in Conservation Studies is distinguished by its emphasis on learning and skills which address the significant challenges facing effective conservation practice.
Firstly, there is a need for further advances in scientific evidence and understanding. The degree provides training in data collection and analysis and the design of ecological studies. You will explore ecological case studies from a range of habitats in aquatic and terrestrial systems and develop fieldwork, mathematical computing, and experimental skills. Additionally, the research project has a strong practical focus. Students are encouraged in their project to address an applied aspect of conservation work or policy and may collaborate with a conservation organisation. In this way you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand professional experience.
Secondly, there is the need to inform and engage the public, organisations and businesses, and decision makers. The degree explores conflicts between different human agencies, engages with conservation policy and governance at different scales (local, national, and international), and considers the relationship between the public, science, and policy. Coursework components are, in part, intended to help you develop and demonstrate skills in communicating conservation concepts to different audiences.
The degree is also distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of conservation questions and concepts and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies. The core modules bring together subject experts from across the University, providing different disciplinary perspectives on key topics. The optional modules allow you to further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.
The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.
The MSc in Conservation Studies is a one-year full-time degree. You will complete one compulsory module in Semester 1 (September to December) and a second compulsory module in Semester 2 (January to May). Alongside the compulsory modules, you will complete one or two optional modules in each semester.
You will use the period from June to August to complete a supervised research project.
The MSc involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical sessions.
Most modules are assessed through coursework, including essays, reports, and presentations.
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