Masters in Biodiversity & Conservation

The biodiversity and conservation discipline explores natural landscapes, species and ecosystems and acquires theories and practical methods in preserving environments and organisms. Biodiversity refers not only to endangered species but also to every organism, including microbes and fungi. Biodiversity and conservation programmes increase awareness and understanding of how human life depends on preserving animal species and natural ecosystems. Biodiversity and conservation is connected to similar disciplines like environmental science, natural resources management and animal sciences.

Topics covered by biodiversity and conservation programmes are: conservation landscapes, biodiversity informatics, evolution and biodiversity, parasitology, fresh water ecology, or habitat management.

The biodiversity and conservation discipline will equip students with abilities in analysing scientific information and sustaining solid arguments regarding environmental issues. Apart from theoretical knowledge on how to identify plants and animals, students will have the opportunity to take part in practical training sessions, both in teaching labs, as well as in different locations where they can make scientific observations on living species and habitats.

Career paths for graduates in biodiversity and conservation include jobs like: ecologists, research assistants/analysts, science officers, or conservation assistants. Specific areas where professionals can practice include waste management, sustainable development, pollution prevention and control, contaminated land management, marine biology, and more.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Marine Science Marine Science
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 7,580 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 18,730 per year
  • 12 months

The oceans do not exist in isolation but are in constant interaction with the atmosphere and underlying geology receiving energy from the sun and to a lesser extent from geothermal sources.

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Endangered Species Recovery (PDip) Endangered Species Recovery (PDip)
  • Apr 2016
    Not specified
  • 6 months

A new Postgraduate Diploma programme in Endangered Species Recovery is currently being developed by DICE that will capitalise on its long-standing links with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Durrell) and the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation (MWF).

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Biodiversity Management (MSc, PhD) Biodiversity Management (MSc, PhD)
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 4,052 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 15,380 per year
  • 12 months

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology research degree programmes all carry the generic title of Biodiversity Management. We welcome students with the appropriate background for research.

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Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Ecological Restoration) Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Ecological Restoration)
  • Dec 2015
  • International $ 565 per module
  • Not specified

Ecosystems in Florida, the southeastern US, and the world face an unprecedented threat from climate change and human activities. The School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) now offers an online Master’s degree with concentration or certificate program in Ecological Restoration that address a national need for professionals trained in this field, and in particular targets working professionals and full-time graduate students in the Southeastern US.

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Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Geomatics) Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Geomatics)
  • Dec 2015
  • International $ 565 per module
  • Not specified

Geomatics refers to the integrated approach of measurement, analysis, and management of the descriptions and locations of geospatial data. These data come from many sources, including earth-orbiting satellites, air and sea-borne sensors and ground-based instruments. It is processed and manipulated with state-of-the-art information technology.

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Plant Biology and Conservation Plant Biology and Conservation
  • Dec 2015
  • International $ 15,612 per module
  • 12 months

In collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern University offers a research thesis-based Master of Science in Plant Biology and Conservation as well as a Internship-based Master of Science in Land Management and Conservation.

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Integrated Landscape Ecology PgDip/PgCert Integrated Landscape Ecology PgDip/PgCert
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 9,000 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 17,500 per year
  • 12 months

As a result of the National Ecosystem Assessment in the UK, there is new demand for land management professionals with quantitative and integrative landscape capabilities, who will be required to cover topics from ecosystem services, biodiversity and agriculture. Worldwide, 90% of ecosystems are managed by humans and now international attention is focusing on landscape level strategies to address the integration between biodiversity and natural capital for the provision of ecosystem services.

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Marine Renewable Energy Marine Renewable Energy
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 5,880 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 16,770 per year
  • National £ 6,800 per year
  • 12 months

This is a 12 month full-time MSc degree course taught at our Orkney Campus. It involves studying 8 taught courses. If you can demonstrate that you have already mastered the subject, you may apply for an exemption from one of the taught courses and undertake a Design Project instead. The MSc programme is completed with a research dissertation equivalent to 4 taught courses.

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Wildlife Management Wildlife Management
  • Feb 2016
  • International € 13,950 per year
  • 15 months

The Otago Postgraduate Wildlife Management Programme has two course options: a one-year full-time 120-point Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management (PGDipWLM), or a 3-semester 180-point coursework Master of Wildlife Management (MWLM). Both options commence in February.

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Conservation and International Wildlife Trade Conservation and International Wildlife Trade
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 11,600 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 15,830 per year
  • 12 months

The MSc in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade provides you with the knowledge base to address trade regulation and management at both the national and international levels.

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Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Natural Resource Policy and Administration) Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Natural Resource Policy and Administration)
  • Dec 2015
  • International $ 565 per module
  • Not specified

While the need for field technicians and biological scientists remains high in the field of natural resource management, there has been increasing demand for higher-level managers with experience in policymaking, communication, human resources, and conflict resolution. Professionals seeking to advance their careers by increasing skills in these areas are perfectly matched with the Natural Resource Policy & Administration degree or certificate program.

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Biodiversity, Conservation & Management Biodiversity, Conservation & Management
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA € 12,225 per year
  • Non-EEA € 17,980 per year
  • 12 months

The conservation of the Earth's remaining biodiversity is one of the most important challenges facing humanity. However, there are no easy solutions because biodiversity conservation has to operate in complex socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments.

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