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Bournemouth University

Biodiversity Conservation

This biodiversity conservation degree, taught by specialists in the field, will give you an in-depth knowledge of the science and practice of biodiversity conservation. It will equip you with the skills required for a career in biodiversity conservation.

Topics covered include biodiversity assessment and monitoring, site survey, management and restoration, GIS and data analysis, ecological principles and regulatory frameworks. You'll learn about the latest developments in conservation science and practice, and hone your ability to communicate effectively.

Field-based teaching features throughout to capitalise on the BU's location within a biodiversity hotspot. Situated on the Dorset coast, BU is 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.

Entry requirements

MSc: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2, or equivalent, in a required subject, or equivalent. Required subjects are: Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or Earth & Geographical Sciences. If English is not your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Course modules

Core units: Conservation in Practice - Field Ecology Skills - Frontiers in Biodiversity - Quantitative & Spatial Analysis - Research Project. Option units. Choose 2 of the following: Advanced Quantitative & Spatial Methods - Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services - Conservation Genetics - International Law of the Environment - Primate Behaviour & Ecology. (Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may change from year to year.)

Assessment methods

Research Project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2019 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 1 Years

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