MSc Global and Aquatic Biodiversity: Monitoring and Conservation

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  • Objectives
    This programme aims to provide a broad understanding of – and practical training in – aquatic biodiversity monitoring and conservation, while giving you the opportunity to specialise in some aspect of the discipline. On completion of the programme of study, you will have demonstrated knowledge on a range of biodiversity monitoring, sustainable use and conservation issues; practical skills, either in the identification of some ecological group environmental monitoring/assessment, sustainable use of a species or in conservation management and have proven research ability in an aspect of biodiversity.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements:A minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) from a recognised academic organisation. Candidates with other qualifications and significant relevant experience, or an appropriate professional qualification will be considered and may be accepted on an individual basis. An English language score of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 is required of international students whose first language is not English.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Global and Aquatic Biodiversity: Monitoring and Conservation
  • Course description
    The programme is divided into certificate, diploma and MSc stages.

    The certificate stage consists of four core modules in:

    -Global Aquatic Biodiversity Concepts and Threats
    -Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment
    -Data Management, Legislation and Administration for Aquatic Management
    -Biodiversity Uses and Conservation Management

    These are taught over 12 weeks in Semester 1. Teaching consists of practical exercises, fieldwork, lectures, directed reading, group work and seminars. The diploma stage is equivalent to eight weeks of study and consists of production of a dissertation on an aspect of taxonomy, use or the conservation management of a particular species or habitats.

    The MSc stage requires the production of a thesis based on the equivalent of five months of original research on your chosen aspect of biodiversity monitoring, sustainable use or conservation.The research may be completed in the UK or overseas.

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