Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management (MSc)

Newcastle University

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management at Newcastle University

You study biodiversity conservation as applied ecology in the context of land use - agriculture, forestry and amenity. Focusing on wildlife conservation in the UK and Europe, you develop practical skills in plant identification and habitat assessment from a wide range of upland and lowland areas.

Your studies focus on wildlife conservation with a particular emphasis on agriculture, forestry and amenity. Elements of the course have strong links with national, statutory and non-governmental conservation organisations. Practical management skills are gained through involvement in management problems on nature reserves and field courses that provide experience in species identification.

The course has compulsory and optional modules, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests. Through the compulsory modules you will develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as:

  • understanding the range of temperate zone ecosystems and wildlife species
  • developing a critical awareness of contemporary conservation issues and research insights
  • understanding scientific survey, habitat assessment and experimental techniques and the ability to identify common species from selected habitats
  • the development of effective management plans for species and ecosystems
  • understanding complex biodiversity and ecosystem management issues
  • advanced knowledge and understanding of the influence of environmental, management and land-use factors on ecosystems and wildlife species

You also undertake a major conservation project and are supported through training in designing and delivering a project based on a laboratory or field-based investigation. After choosing your topic you collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis.

Our staff

You benefit from being taught by lecturers who are industry experienced and research active. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on soil science, plant science and ecology.

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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage  - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/biodiversity-conservation-ecosystem-management-msc/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline, such as:

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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