Animal Behaviour Applications for Conservation MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

January 2017, September 2017

Course duration: 12 months full-time or 28 months part-time (September starts), 15 months full-time or 33 months part-time (January starts).

Overview

Gain an understanding of the application of animal behaviour to conservation, and develop the practical skills you need for a career in animal conservation. You'll train in the technologies and scientific methods used in animal behaviour research and how these can be applied to solve modern conservation problems.

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Full description

Careers

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Our graduates build successful careers in many roles including conservation biologist, scientist or curator at a zoo, conservation educator, ecotourism or environmental consultancy. As a conservationist you can choose work with many organisations, from private companies to NGOs and government departments. You're also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Animal and Environmental Sciences PhD.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Technology and Techniques in the Study of Animal Behaviour
    New methods available for understanding animal behaviour can provide important insights that aid in understanding vulnerability, and help in the formulation of novel approaches to conservation. This module is designed to provide conservation students with an appreciation of the diversity of methods available for the study of animal behaviour. The module will explore how to select appropriate methods for given problems, how to design protocols for data collection and appropriate analytical methods for different types of data. Students will be exposed to laboratory and field methods using new technologies and more traditional approaches.
  • Current Topics in Wildlife Conservation
    This advanced module in conservation aims to provide an awareness of the multi-disciplinary nature of conservation, and the socio-political dimensions of conservation problems and solutions. Topics will be updated from year to year but examples include the uses of environmental DNA in conservation, current issues in marine conservation and endangered species case studies. The module offers the opportunity to apply your understanding of conservation science to current issues at multiple spatial scales (global, European, national and local).
  • Behavioural Ecology and Conservation
    Consider how the behaviour of individual animals will affect the survival probabilities of the species in an increasingly human-altered landscape. An understanding of behaviour can be critical to conservation initiatives. For example, consider how ranging patterns of individuals can affect the success or failure of reserve design; how sex ratios and mating strategies can influence the outcome of a reintroduction; or how models of human harvesting behaviour can be used to predict patterns of wildlife exploitation.
  • Communication Skills for Conservation
    Conservation professionals are required to communicate complex, sometimes contentious issues to various audiences, e.g. decision-makers, stakeholders, NGOs, public customers, children, etc. They need to understand the correct language for each. Explore how to communicate scientific information to these diverse audiences verbally and in writing, but also through web pages and social networks. Delivered partly by distance learning, this module will give you an innovative experience in terms of learning experience and assessment.
  • Research Methods
    Gain support and foundations in the research skills needed for your Masters level dissertation. You’ll investigate research activities including project management, research project design and analyses, ethical considerations and dissertation preparation.
  • Research Project
    In this module you'll undertake a substantial research project in the field of applied wildlife conservation. This is an independent module in which you will work with a subject-specialist supervisor. Whilst many suggestions may be offered, the topic of your research is up to you. You'll present the results of your research in a dissertation prepared to the highest scientific and professional standards.

Optional modules

  • Practical Applications of DNA Based Technologies
    Increasingly, conservation genetics is central to strategies for protection of the most endangered species, and for designing programmes of captive breeding and the reintroduction of virtually extinct species to the wild. This is a laboratory-based module introducing students to various DNA-based technologies that have become pivotal in assessing the conservation status of endangered species. The module will develop a theoretical understanding of a range of DNA-based techniques and their applications. It will then train you in the practical skills necessary to conduct these techniques and analyse the data obtained with them.
  • Study Tour: Understanding Biodiversity and Sustainability
    Explore the issues central to wildlife conservation on an exciting residential field trip (often to Borneo, but this may vary). You’ll integrate an understanding of the natural world and ecological processes with current conservation problems, including their socio-political and ethical dimensions, in a practical context. Please note that this module includes a compulsory field trip. The cost of this trip may vary but has been approximately £1,200.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed in a range of ways to reflect the scope and aims of our course. These include written assignments such as scientific reports and essays, field-work, case studies, group work and presentations.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£6,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£3,050

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,200

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£7,100

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)

£3,550

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£11,900

Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

Additional costs

Lab coat - £15
Walking boots - £60
Waterproof coat - £50
Wellingtons - £25
Waterproof trousers - £20
Poster printing - £20
Borneo field trip (optional) - £1200
Cost of printing dissertation/individual project

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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