Applied Wildlife Conservation MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

January 2017, September 2017

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

Overview

Develop the practical skills you need for a career in wildlife conservation. The course was developed in partnership with environmental organisations to ensure you’re skilled and employable in this rewarding area. It allows development of skills including the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software, research skills and communication skills, with an optional laboratory-based module on conservation genetics.

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Careers

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Careers areas include conservation biology, environmental consultancy or in conservation education. You may find work in a non-governmental organisation (NGO), charity, zoo, private company, a government body or in a related field such as ecotourism. 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

  • GIS Tools for Biodiversity Mapping and Conservation
    In this module you will learn and apply advanced skills of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Experience in the use of this software is recognised as a key skill in conservation. You will use GIS to map and analyse species distribution, ecological processes and support conservation planning. The spatial relationships between species, biological resources, natural habitats and human activities are considered.
  • 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.
  • Masters 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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
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Fees & funding

Course fees

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

£6,100

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,200

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

£3,050

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

£7,100

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£11,900

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

£3,550

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

Additional module costs

Please check individual modules for additional field trip costs

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.

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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The full-time version of this course is not open to international students holding a Tier 4 visa, but is open to international students holding some other visa types. For further information please contact our International Admissions team.

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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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