This programme is for individuals already working in environmental conservation who seek to broaden or update their knowledge, and for graduates who wish to become professionally involved in conservation and environmental management.
Professional and conservation organizations have advised on the content of this degree, ensuring strong links between the programme and the needs of the conservation industry and it has received a 'Best Practice' award from the CIEEM. The programme is structured around four compulsory courses that integrate theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary conservation and environmental management.
Students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of modern-day conservation and environmental management and gain a practical understanding of ecological techniques and strategies. They also acquire the skills to critically apply environmental management techniques and methods to practical situations and to understand modern-day decision making and the underlying criteria and values. In addition, they gain specific knowledge and skills through their chosen optional courses.
During June to September, students undertake a research project in a specialist area of conservation, often in collaboration with an external organization.
There is a high component of practical work including field trips.
This programme is accredited by the CIEEM.
The aims of the programme are:
Principles and Practice of Environmental Conservation (15 credits)
Environmental Law and Policy (15 credits)
Restoration Ecology (15 credits)
Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits)
Techniques in Applied Ecology (30 credits)
Environmental Conservation Project (60 credits)
- Two 15-credit options from Environmental Impact Assessment; Ecology and Conservation of Estuaries and Coastal Zones; Managing Tourism in Protected Areas; Introduction to GIS (30 credits)