Master's Program in Biodiversity

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Biodiversity contributes to many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and these goals have a direct impact on human well-being and earth sustainability. Taiwan is an island in East Asia from tropical in the south to subtropical in the north with beaches and the coral reef off the astonishing seashore. It has the highest density of high mountains in the world and heavily forested. With more than 250 summits over 3,000 meters high, the vegetation varies considerably from low land monsoon rainforest to high-mountain coniferous forest and alpine tundra, providing homes to a diverse range of wildlife. It attracts worldwide researchers to Taiwan to conduct research and experiments every year.

The Master's Program in Biodiversity is cross-disciplinary in nature and is supported by the College of Bioresources and Agriculture, College of Life Science, and College of Science at NTU. The objective of this program is that students possess advanced knowledge in biodiversity science and conservation and develop competences in biodiversity management from interdisciplinary perspectives.


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Program Features

NTU has been collaborating with several government departments and NGOs in research and practical works on biodiversity and conservation, and also holds annual field courses with Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. Therefore, students of this program have opportunities to interact with different scholars and participate in fieldwork experience and enterprise internships in biodiversity conservation projects to experience a large amount of biodiversity in Taiwan.

Curriculum

The Master's Program in Biodiversity is cross-disciplinary in nature and is supported by the College of Bioresources and Agriculture, College of Life Science, and College of Science at NTU. The objective of this program is that students possess advanced knowledge in biodiversity science and conservation and develop competences in biodiversity management from interdisciplinary perspectives. 

There are two main themes in the program:

  • Biodiversity Science
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability

Four modules of courses are provided for the students, including Foundations of Biodiversity, Methodology and Technology, Human Dimension, and Ecosystem Service. These courses are designed to equip students with transformative skills and new technologies to conserve biodiversity and incorporating it into policy-making and business, in considering socio-economic gains of saving biodiversity.

What You’ll Study

To earn your Master's Program in Biodiversity you must successfully complete our 24-credit program which includes 9 credits in core courses, 15 credits in elective courses, and a thesis.

Compulsory Courses (#TBC)

  • Exploring Taiwan and Southeast Asia
  • Seminar 1、2
  • Human Dimension in Biodiversity
  • Mini-course
  • Ecosystem Service and Sustainability

Elective Courses (#TBC)

  • Climate Change and Biodiversity
  • Pollination and alpine ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Tropical plant diversity and Conservation
  • Computer-Intensive Statistics in Ecology
  • Introduction to R for Ecologists
  • Research Methods in Ecology
  • Scientific Methods and Writing
  • Study Abroad:Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (Toyooka Japan)
  • Ethnobotany: Thematic Seminar and Fieldwork
  • Landscape and Identity:Placemaking Across World Cultures
  • Environmental Communication
  • Economic Analysis in Biodiversity
  • Ecological Economy
  • Eco-Tourism and Biodiversity
  • Assessment and Valuation of Ecosystem Service
  • Conservation Governance
  • International Biodiversity Resource Management

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship of Master's Program in Biodiversity

  • Amount: We provide merit-based scholarships for our students. The amount awarded will receive after enrollment will be approximately 50% to 100% of their tuition and fees. Candidates with an outstanding academic record are eligible and encouraged to apply.
  • Application for NTU Scholarship is with Program Application, please make sure to click “YES” while filing the online application form to apply for NTU Scholarship.
  • The Master's Program in Biodiversity reserves the right to change these terms, conditions, and the actual total amount of scholarship at any time without prior notice.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Proof of English language proficiency in the form of one of the following:
    • Previous degree from an English-speaking country or taught entirely in English
    • IELTS score of 5.5 or above
    • TOEIC score of 750 or above
    • TOEFL (iBT) score of 71 or above

How to Apply

All international application for admission to NTU is via the Office of International Affairs (OIA). 

  • Fill out the online application form (personal information, language proficiency, applying departments, etc.)
  • Download the Declaration and Authorization Form and the Payment Form
  • Upload all the required documents
  • Fill in the Recommenders’ Information (If required by the department)
  • Confirm and submit the application

Application Period:

  • The program and NTU Scholarship application for the 2021/2022 academic year will be from now on to 2020/12/18.

Interview

  • The applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for an interview.

【Event Announcement】

Online Info Session: 2020/09/29 16:00 (GMT+8)

‣ Subject: The overview of Master's Program in Biodiversity

‣ Date: 2020.09.29 (Tue.)

‣ Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (GMT+8)

‣ Location: Online meeting

‣ Via: Google Meet

Meeting URL : https://meet.google.com/qvo-eviv-som

Last updated Sep 2020

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