Taught course

Biodiversity and Conservation

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours degree in a science subject that includes significant components of botany, zoology or a relevant life science. Non-EU applicants will be required to hold an equivalent qualification. Candidates with relevant, and significant, experience as professional practitioners in biodiversity management or policy may be accepted with lower qualifications. How to Apply Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This programme has been designed to provide students with
a sound theoretical and practical grounding in the science
of biological diversity and its conservation. The programme
is taught in modules, and these are grouped into theoretical
components, practical research skills, and modules dealing
with individual desk-based and experimental research
projects. The course is taught through a variety of methods
– lectures, practical classes, field-based learning, guided
reading and discussion groups and web-based methods. A
variety of assessment procedures are used – essay writing,
oral presentations, web-based tests, examinations and
dissertations. The approach is to develop, progressively,
a high degree of independent thinking and academic
excellence in students completing the course.
Following successful completion of the taught part of the course,
students embark on a closely supervised research project of
approximately three months duration, intended to expand the
skills and knowledge base acquired in earlier modules.
This is a full-time, intensive programme that will run over a
twelve-month period. All modules are compulsory for M.Sc.
candidates while P.Grad.Dip. candidates are required to take
all modules except the Research Project.
The programme provides 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.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Stephen Waldren
+353-1-497 2070