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MSc Biodiversity Conservation

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

On this course you’ll learn about the latest developments in conservation science and practice, hone your ability to communicate effectively and develop your skills in identifying flora and fauna.

When you graduate, you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of the science and practice of biodiversity conservation – equipping you with the skills required for a career in this area. 

Situated on the Dorset coast, at BU we are within easy reach of outstanding environments of global importance for conservation, including the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Wessex Downs, Dorset Heaths, Poole Harbour and New Forest. The area is a hotspot for biodiversity and provides outstanding opportunities for field-based learning.

The teaching staff are specialists in biodiversity conservation. They research conservation issues both nationally and internationally in a wide range of ecosystems including grassland, heathland, forest, freshwater, coastal, and marine. Their specialisms include plant, animal and community ecology, animal behaviour, environmental statistics, modelling, remote sensing and environmental policy.

You will also complete a conservation-based work placement, normally undertaken in the early summer.

“I really enjoyed the fieldwork aspect of the course, and was able to conduct my placement in Brazil to take part in marine wildlife monitoring. It gave me the chance to broaden my knowledge in marine biodiversity.”
Katie Thompson, MSc Biodiversity Conservation graduate

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Required subjects:

Biology, Ecology, Environmental science or Earth & Geographical Sciences

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2, or equivalent, in a required subject. and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

Course details

Placements

Your application

Applicants for the Biodiversity Conservation course may come from a range of backgrounds including new graduates, experienced practitioners or people seeking to change career direction.

For all of these backgrounds the aptitude and enthusiasm to develop advanced skills across the relevant disciplines are the key requirement.

Entry requirements

Careers

This course prepares you for a career in the commercial and statutory environmental sectors. Its strong emphasis on core skills in environmental practice gives students the edge when seeking employment. On completing the course not only will you have subject expertise but you will know how to apply that knowledge to make a difference in biodiversity conservation. By offering one of the leading courses in biodiversity conservation, our aspiration is that it will provide you with a route to a successful and rewarding career.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. 

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

You can read more about the specialist interests of our Life & Environmental Sciences staff on our department pages, or register now to meet us.

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What our students say

Jamie Robins

My highlight was being able to look into a subject area in a huge amount of depth, particularly my research project into restoration of chalk grassland compensation areas after the M3's construction.

Hear from our staff

Dr Anita Diaz

This course includes lots of opportunity for field work in the UK and overseas, and the diversity of our local habitats are second to none.

What our graduates think

Natalia Tejedor

I really enjoyed the course, particularly the fieldwork carried out, where actual conservation issues were tackled in the different local habitats.