MSc in Conservation and Sustainability
The University of Stirling has offered an innovative postgraduate course in Conservation and Sustainability since 2013, leading to the qualification of Diploma or MSc. The course provides both a secure foundation in the scientific principles of conservation and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas via the selection of relevant modules and the research project. Areas of potential specialisation include habitat restoration, land and water management, environmental economics, habitat and biodiversity management and application of GIS and remote sensing. There is a compulsory residential course in field techniques, which takes place in the Cairngorm National Park. The course is equally relevant to recent and mature graduates seeking a career in conservation science, governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Our course gives students:
- An understanding of the scientific principles that underpin conservation and sustainability
- An understanding of the economic, social, political and legal frameworks for conservation
- A comprehensive training in relevant practical, investigative, research and generic skills.
Graduates from this course will have gained knowledge in the broad field of conservation science, including collecting and analysing relevant data for sustainable decision-making and transferable skills relevant to future employment at national and international level.
Structure and content
The basic structure is three modules in each of Semesters 1 and 2 followed by a dissertation with each module worth 20 credits at level 11 and the dissertation worth 60 credits. There will be some modules offered at 10 credits to allow flexibility and to accommodate the needs of part-time students. See the module list below. Students who successfully complete the taught course over two semesters will qualify for the Diploma and may proceed to the MSc. This involves completion of a three-month Research Project, often in collaboration with an outside agency. Students frequently choose a topic complementary to their option selection, allowing them to develop a high level of competence in aspects of conservation science relevant to their future employment.
Delivery and assessment
Contact hours in all modules will be 27-30 hours. Delivery will include a mixture of conventional lectures, workshop sessions, field excursions, student-led debates and oral presentations.
A variety of means of assessment will be used as appropriate to the content and outcomes of the individual modules. For example, the Field Techniques module is a practical skills-based course, so assessment will be based on tests of these skills and on a collection of specimens put together by the student. Other modules are based on lectures and seminars and have a more traditional mix of essay assessments and exams.
- 2016/17 Overseas £13,950
- 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100
- 2015/16 Overseas £13,500
- 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants from other disciplines with a 2:1 or 1st but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.
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