DICE's research degree programmes all carry the generic title of Biodiversity Management. We welcome students with the appropriate background for research.
Because of the diversity and international nature of many field-orientated projects, the amount of time that individual research students spend at DICE varies. However local supervision is usually organised for those students spending considerable time overseas.
Overseas students who wish to spend most of their time in their home country while undertaking research may register as an external student or for a split PhD.
About The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE)
DICE is Britain's leading research and postgraduate training centre dedicated to conserving biodiversity, as well as the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people.
We focus on combining natural and social sciences to understand complex conservation issues and design effective interventions to conserve biodiversity. Our staff have outstanding international research profiles, yet integrate this with considerable on-the-ground experience working in collaboration with conservation agencies around the world. This blend of expertise ensures that our programmes deliver the skills and knowledge that are essential components of conservation implementation.
Our taught Master's programmes cover topics in conservation management, policy, ecotourism and sustainable natural resource use. The research degree programmes (MSc by Research and PhD) encourage you to undertake original, high-quality research, which culminates in the submission of a thesis. Please visit our website for new programmes that may be under development that further integrate conservation policy and practice.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Anthropology and Conservation was ranked 10th for research power and in the top 20 in the UK for research impact and research power.
An impressive 94% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School's environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.
DICE programmes combine academic theory with practical field experience to develop graduates who are highly employable within government, NGOs and the private sector.
Our alumni progress into a wide range of organisations across the world. Examples include: consultancy for a Darwin Initiative project in West Sumatra; Wildlife Management Officer in Kenya; Chief of the Biodiversity Unit - UN Environment Programme; Research and Analysis Programme Leader for TRAFFIC; Freshwater Programme Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Head of the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC); Community Based Natural Resource Manager, WWF; Managing Partner, Althelia Climate Fund; and Programme Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
My course at DICE equipped me with a combination of project planning and management, technical fieldwork, and scientific writing skills.
Abigail WillsBiodiversity Management MSc by Research
Recent or current projects cover topics such as:
- understanding adaptation to climate change; ringneck parakeets in the UK
- improved management of socio-ecological landscapes in Western Ghats
- cost, benefits and trade-offs in creating large conservation areas
- monitoring population trends in tigers and their prey in Kirinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra
- chameleon trade and conservation in Madagascar
- conservation genetics of the critically endangered Seychelles paradise flycatcher
- traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights and protected area management
- the economic value of mammals in Britain
- estimating extinction dates of plants, birds and mammals.
The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
Biodiversity Management - MSc at Canterbury:UK/EUOverseasFull-time£4195£16480Part-time£2100£8240 Biodiversity Management - PhD at Canterbury:UK/EUOverseasFull-time£4195£16480Part-time£2100£8240
For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
General additional costs
Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.
Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:
- University and external funds
- Scholarships specific to the academic school delivering this programme