MSc MRes Biodiversity Conservation

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    MRes/MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

Increasing pressure on land-use across the world has led to a growing demand for postgraduates with environmental surveying qualifications. This course provides you with the knowledge you’ll need to work within the environmental and ecological consulting and conservation professions. The MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Brackenhurst Campus is the perfect environment to develop the expertise required for a career in biodiversity conservation. A number of protected species are studied on-site including yellowhammers, great crested newts, badgers and hedgehogs.

The course provides an industry standard approach to career progression into the ecological and environmental consultancy sector.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to UK and international research projects currently running within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.

92% of MSc / MRes Biodiversity Conservation students (all routes) would recommend studying at NTU (PTES 2023).

Entry Requirements


  • A minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.


  • A minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

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Programme Funding

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Student Destinations

This course has been developed with representatives from the ecological consultancy and environmental management sector, and is designed to be vocationally relevant, cultivating expertise and transferable skills to maximise your career potential.

Graduates of the Masters in Science degree have the knowledge and skills required to carry out biodiversity surveying, recording and reporting in the private, public, charity, education or research sectors. Skills development include project management, critical evaluation and communicating to a variety of audiences.

CPD: Professionals working in industry take the part-time day-release study route offered on this course as part of their career development through company sponsorship.

The diverse and expanding range of job roles include:

  • Environmental or ecological consultant
  • Biological surveyor
  • Species officer
  • Reserve warden
  • Education officer
  • Expedition leader
  • PhD researcher.

Module Details

  • Conservation Priorities (20 credit points)
  • Vegetation Survey and Assessment (20 credit points)
  • Environmental Assessment and Consultancy (20 credit points)
  • Protected Species Surveying (20 credit points)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (20 credit points)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credit points)
  • Research Project (MRes 120 credit points, MSc 60 credit points)

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