The World Conservation Union Red List includes over 15,000 species that are threatened with extinction and it’s estimated that the current species extinction rate is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than it would naturally be, so there’s a real need to develop knowledge and expertise in this area.
Build strong theoretical and practical knowledge
This course gives you the opportunity to study the reasons why so many species are under threat and develop skills in the management of species and the wider environment. You’ll also develop a strong theoretical understanding of environmental management and build up the skills needed to identify environmental issues and find practical solutions.
Experienced teaching team
You’ll be taught by a highly qualified team of active international researchers, with research skills in conservation biology and environmental management. They are supportive, friendly and approachable and keen to pass their knowledge on to you, so everything you learn will be up to date and relevant and you’ll get the help and support you need to reach your potential.
You will usually need either an honours degree in a related scientific subject (at least second class) or equivalent experience.
This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.
You’ll study these modules:
Conservation Biology in Principle and Practice
You’ll look at the current state of the biosphere and the reasons why conservation biology is needed. You’ll study the wide range of problems that conservation biology needs to address from a theoretical perspective and contrast this with the realities of conservation biology in practice.
You’ll explore different approaches to surveys for ecology and conservation, including Phase 1 habitat survey, GPS surveying, GIS mapping, and the analysis and classification of freshwater and terrestrial habitats. You will also look at sampling methods and census techniques for a range of freshwater and terrestrial plant and animal groups.
Identification for Conservation Biology
In this module, you will examine the importance of individual species identification to conservation biology. You’ll consider the relative importance of different species to the conservation of ecosystems, exploring concepts including keystone species, indicator species and flagship species.
You’ll study this core module:
Analytical Methods for Ecologists
During this module, you’ll become confident and proficient at applying basic univariate statistical analyses and basic multivariate visualisation and analysis methods. Towards the end of the module, you’ll learn about more sophisticated univariate analysis techniques to cope with more complex data structures. The module will also introduce you to the widely used analysis software ‘R’.
You’ll also choose two modules from the following:
Critical Issues in the Environment
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Policy and Law
Environmental Pollution Management Strategies
Tropical Conservation Biology
Practical Training-Based Placement Module
The placement module is an opportunity for students to work with a host organisation, experience real-world scenarios, and gain experience towards future employment. The module provides links between theory and problem solving through practical applications. This will be achieved through investigation of current aspects of the environmental sector in a range of areas such as biodiversity, conservation, flood defense, and environmental management. The module will be taught through theoretical sessions and field/laboratory-based research, where the findings will be assessed through presentation and report writing skills.
You’ll study this module:
Independent Scholarly Activity
Using your initiative, creative thinking, and organisational skills, you’ll produce an independent piece of work of your choice during this triple module.
You´ll have plenty of career options after taking this broad-based course because it gives you a wide range of skills and knowledge in both biological conservation and environmental management.
You might move on to a career with:
A conservation agency
Local or national government
In habitat management
An environmental consultancy.
You could choose to further develop a research career. You may want to move into industry, bridging environmental management with wider conservation issues; including waste management, energy efficiency or recycling.
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