Biodiversity is the diversity of all life on earth, and is currently being lost at an increasing rate. Biodiversity provides us with food, clothing, fuels, construction materials, medicines and a wide range of ecosystem services. We ourselves are part of the biodiversity of this planet: we must understand and conserve biodiversity to secure a sustainable future for humanity.
This course will provide in-depth training and experience for those looking to further their career in various aspects of biodiversity and its conservation, for students wishing to pursue further post-graduate research in this area, and for professionals already working in conservation biology wishing to obtain relevant qualifications.
The course will be taught through a variety of methods: lectures, practicals, field-based learning, guided reading and discussion groups and web-based methods. A variety of assessment procedures will also be adopted - essay writing, oral presentations, web-based tests, examinations and assessment of dissertations. The approach will be to develop, progressively, a high degree of independent thinking and academic excellence in students completing the course, providing a smooth transition for those entering both directly from undergraduate degrees, and for those entering the course from industry.
Students will undertake an individual desk-based study where they work closely with an academic supervisor. They also undertake a three-month research project involving experimental data collection, analysis and interpretation, leading to the submission of a dissertation. A highlight of the course is the residential spring field course based in South Africa, which focuses on ecology and the practical aspects of biodiversity conservation (the cost of this field course is not included in the course fees).
Course Modules • Introduction to biodiversity • Introduction to conservation biology • Practical environmental assessment • Human interactions with biodiversity • Impacts of environmental change on biodiversity
Practical skills modules • Data handling and analysis • Taxonomy, systematics and ID skills • Practical conservation skills • Overseas field course
Project modules • Individual desk study • Project planning • Individual research project
Entry requirements Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours, or equivalent qualification, in a science subject that included significant components of botany, zoology or a relevant life science. Non-EU applicants will be required to hold an equivalent qualification. Candidates with relevant experience as professional practitioners in biodiversity management or policy may be accepted with lower qualifications. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English in a test administered by an institution independent of their own university (see https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/requirements/international.php).
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Last updated January 10, 2017