Taught course

Global Ecology and Conservation

Institution
Cardiff University · School of Biosciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess a higher education degree with first or good upper second class Honours (UK), or an equivalent academic qualification. Applications with relevant professional experience in conservation or environmental management will also be considered.

This programme is suitable for graduates in biology, ecology, zoology, botany and environmental sciences.

Months of entry

September

Course content

With a changing climate, an increasing human population, and growing rates of extinction and habitat loss, the world is facing unprecedented challenges. To meet these challenges and preserve our wildlife and ecosystems, we need innovative and adaptable scientists who can develop conservation strategies with real impact.

Our MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation aims to train the ecologists and conservationists of the future. Covering the complete span from ecological theory and pioneering research, through to practical site assessments and conservation interventions, we will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to tackle major global challenges and make a ‘real world’ difference.

From the rivers of South Wales to the Bornean rainforest, our MSc covers the major conservation issues affecting habitats across the globe. With training in core areas, such as wildlife surveys, biodiversity assessments and species management, you will learn how to identify current and emerging threats to species and ecosystems, and develop the necessary skills to tackle these threats with effective and scalable solutions.

These core topics are combined with a free choice of optional modules, including Science Communication, Water and Life on Earth, and Frontiers in Biosciences, and wide-ranging options for the research project and many coursework topics, giving you the freedom to tailor your studies to your interests and career aspirations. Several of our core modules include a fieldwork element, whilst our optional Field Research and Placement module comprises an extended field course in the UK or overseas, along with a professional work placement.

The course is delivered by leading academics who work across the world conducting cutting-edge research and addressing key global challenges – from pioneering climate change research, to developing action plans to preserve native species. As well as offering you the excitement of learning in an active research environment, this approach will also demonstrate how your work can be translated into practical conservation measures.

We know that ecology and conservation are constantly evolving, and, in response, we have developed an MSc that is explicitly forward-looking, covering new technology and ‘horizon scanning’ for future conservation issues. With a flexible and interdisciplinary approach, we aim to train postgraduates who can take on roles in research, practice, policy, consultancy and more, and who have the skills, confidence and knowledge base to adapt to a global job market and changing environment.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Dr Ian Vaughan
Email
BIOSI-MSc@cardiff.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)29 2087 5883