At least an upper second class UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications - but with equivalent experience, for example, having worked in the field of bird conservation for some years - will also be considered.
Months of entry
The MSc in Bird Conservation aims to provide students with detailed background on the evolution, taxonomy, ecology and behaviour of birds and then apply this knowledge to a wide range of practical conservation issues.
You will develop your understanding of how evolution has shaped many aspects of bird biology in response to the demands of flight. You will evaluate avian life history strategies, biogeography and population biology and how this information is used to design appropriate conservation measures. You will consider applied avian conservation management in relation to climate change, land-use practices, renewable energy development and other anthropogenic impacts.
There is a residential field-trip to either Poland or Tanzania which will provide you with practical experience of the essential techniques in the field of bird conservation.
The MSc is completed by a project which can be delivered in the UK or overseas, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There are also opportunities to work within Manchester Met research projects in Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius and Madeira.
- Avian Biology and Conservation
- Statistics and Research Design
- Practical Techniques (including field course)
- Countryside Management
- Species Conservation
- Genetics of Populations
- Zoos and Conservation
- Behavioural Biology
Course delivery is flexible and most lectures take place in the evening. Lectures, other course materials and assessment information is available via our online learning platform, Moodle. You will be assessed mostly through coursework, although some units have a formal examination. Teaching begins in September and finishes with the field courses in mid-May/July.
You will develop the knowledge and practical skills required for a career in avian research, conservation and consultancy. Other career routes will include animal management, agriculture and pest control, and teaching and environmental education with organisations such as environmental consultancies, government research and advisory bodies, zoos and NGOs. Some students will go on to study at PhD level.
Information for international students
For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international
Fees and funding
This MSc programme is eligible for a PEP fee scholarship for September 2015 entry. For more information visit http://www.sci-eng.mmu.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-courses/pep/
Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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