Masters | Postgraduate Course - Conservation and Biodiversity MSc Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £13,500 International: £23,400 full-time The fee includes costs of all field trips including 2-week residential course to Africa.
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Conservation and Biodiversity MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year full-time

  • Designed in consultation with multiple external agencies to ensure relevant training that maximises graduate employability
  • Offers substantial field work opportunities in the UK and overseas
  • Provides opportunities to connect with external agencies and organisations to further enhance your training
  • Delivered by leading international researchers in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation
  • Offers access to excellent facilities including state-of-the-art research laboratories, greenhouses and controlled environment rooms
  • Comprises modules that target both research and practical conservation skills

This one-year full-time Masters programme is taught at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall by staff at the renowned Centre for Ecology and Conservation. The course boasts a significant research component, with substantial fieldwork opportunities in the UK as well as a field course in Africa. A distinctive and integral feature of our MSc is the high degree of input from conservationists in collaborating governmental and non-governmental organisations. This participation takes a variety of forms, including guest lectures, field visits and specific training courses, but may also include providing research projects in their organisations. Collaborating organisations include: Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Marine Conservation Society, Natural England, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Zoological Society of London.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • BIOM4009 Research Project 90
  • BIOM4025 Statistical Modelling 15
  • LESM006 The Art of Science 15

Optional modules

  • BioP BIOM4012-BIOM4013 modules [See note a above]
  • BIOM4012 Terrestrial Biodiversity and Conservation 15
  • BIOM4013 Marine Biodiversity and Conservation 15
  • BioP MSc C&B optional modules 2018-9 [See note b above]
  • BIOM4014 Preparing for Ecological Consultancy 15
  • BIOM4018 Approaches in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology 15
  • BIOM4027 African Biodiversity and Conservation Policy Field Course 30
  • BIOM4030 Planning and Leading Conservation Projects 15

Entry Requirements

Normally at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject is required, although a 2:2 with relevant experience will be considered.  Applicants from non-science backgrounds will be considered, provided that the first degree contained an empirical component, and/or if the applicants have had work experience in the field of conservation/wildlife management.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Through integral collaboration with key external agencies, this MSc ensures that the training you receive links directly to relevant employment opportunities within the UK and abroad. The programme also prepares you for research and it is expected that a significant proportion of graduates will go on to PhD study.