This programme is offered either full and part time basis
The MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation provides a flexible course structure suitable for students who wish to acquire the skills necessary for a range of careers in conservation and applied ecology. The programme aims to provide you with interdisciplinary training forming an ideal platform either for continuation to doctoral research or for direct access into conservation related employment.
The course runs over a full calendar year starting with a field course. You will take a combination of taught modules during the first half of the year with the second half spent on an individual research project, often overseas. In addition to core modules in ecological survey methods, current issues in conservation, research skills for ecologists and statistics, you will be able to choose from a broad range of optional modules, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), practical conservation and work placement, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, biodiversity conservation and human society and ecological modelling.
Degree Subject: Biology-related subject plus evidence of additional conservation experience. First degrees in geography or environmental management are also accepted if these contain a strong ecological component.
Degree Classification: Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent)
Alternative Qualifications: Non-scientists wanting to retrain may take the one year Diploma in Ecology and enter the MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation the following year.
Compulsory Study (140 credits)
Students must study the following modules for 140 credits:
ECOLOGICAL SURVEY METHODS
ISSUES IN CONSERVATION
Option A Study (40 credits)
Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND HUMAN SOCIETY
ECOLOGICAL MODELLING AND STATISTICS
ECOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION GENETICS
GIS FOR ECOLOGY and ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
PRACTICAL CONSERVATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
The School of Computing Sciences leads the university in utilizing its internationally recognized research commercially through SYS Consulting, its consulting company, and through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Many of the projects and coursework that you will take part in use data or scenarios that come from real industry and business applications, giving you effective practical experience that can be applied in a working environment.
Depending on which specialties you studied during your degree course, you will have the necessary skills to work in many application areas of computing science, from computer games development to computer systems engineering, and many more. Our students also use their technical and entrepreneurial skills to play influential roles in the creation of companies such as Travel Republic, Evoke systems, Fyfo and Shoretech systems.
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