Conservation Biology (MSc)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
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Domestic course fees
GBP 850 per module

How you will study
full-time, part-time

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International course fees
GBP 14250 per total

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About Conservation Biology at University of Derby

As the number of species facing extinction continues to grow at an alarming rate, conservation biologists are in greater demand than ever before. This MSc is your pathway to a worthwhile career tackling one of society's most pressing concerns.

  • Deepen your understanding of the scientific principles underpinning conservation biology and explore practical solutions to environmental problems
  • Study a course recognised for its high academic quality: this MSc is accredited by theInstitution of Environmental Sciences
  • Gain the practical experience you need for a fulfilling career in conservation or environmental management
  • Undertake a training-based placement to build the skills and qualities most valued by employers
  • Conduct fieldwork and research in some of the country's outstanding natural environments: the Peak District National Park is right on our doorstep
  • Take a global perspective: in the past, our students have even studied in Singapore as part of ourTropical Conservation Biologymodule
  • Be inspired by our highly qualified and experienced teaching team who are conducting influential national and international research

If you have your sights set on a career in conservation, habitat management or environmental consultancy, this MSc offers an excellent grounding in the skills and knowledge you need.

Expertise to make a difference

Over 15,000 species are now threatened with extinction, according to the World Conservation Union Red List. In fact, current extinction rates are estimated to be up to 10,000 times higher than they would naturally be. There is an urgent need for skilled, forward-thinking conservation biologists who can help reverse this trend.

Our MSc Conservation Biology combines strong theoretical knowledge and practical abilities. You'll explore the reasons why so many species are endangered and develop vital skills in the management of wildlife and environments. Building on a firm understanding of theory, you'll find practical solutions to environmental management problems.

The course is accredited by theInstitution of Environmental Sciences (IES), which means that it reflects the high standards, ethics and values expected of environmental professionals.

Practical challenges throughout

In the field and the laboratory alike, you'll have the chance to hone your practical skills in everything from species identification to ecological surveys, sampling methods to statistical analyses.

Our facilities have recently been modernised to offer a first-rate learning environment. They include a glasshouse featuring plants from diverse habitats, an insectary housing many different species, and specialist laboratories. The latest addition to our facilities is ourAquatic Research Facility, which has been developed in collaboration with the Sealife Centre, Birmingham.We also have a student research lab where you will have a dedicated space to pursue your independent studies.

Exciting fieldwork in great locations

We bring theory to life with fascinating fieldwork opportunities. You'll take full advantage of studying close to the stunning landscapes and diverse habitats of the Peak District National Park.

Conservation is a global priority so some students have ventured overseas to conduct their investigations. Groups taking ourTropical Conservation Biologymodule have, for instance, explored the primary rainforest, mangrove communities and seashore wildlife of Singapore.

Placement opportunities

To enhance your employability, the MSc includes an optional training-based placement. You'll work with a host organisation such as a local authority, environmental consultancy, zoo or educational institution to experience 'real world' scenarios.

The focus of your placement will be on linking theory with practical investigations and problem-solving. You could find yourself exploring issues such as biodiversity, conservation, flood defence, or environmental contamination and remediation.

Our experienced teaching team

You'll be taught by a highly qualified team who are supportive, friendly and approachable - keen to pass their knowledge on to you. They include active international researchers whose work has heralded important new approaches to conservation biology and environmental management.

They publish influential papers, speak at global conferences, serve on the editorial boards of scientific journals and are in demand as media commentators. In just one example, our Programme Leader Prof. Karim Vahed gave a Key-note lecture at the first European Conference on the Conservation of Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets)and has featured on TV programmes such as the BBC documentarySpider House.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course starts Domestic course feesGBP 850 per moduleInternational course feesGBP 14250 per total

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree (lower second or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

International students should have the above or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above.

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