Open to students with a good first degree (min 2.1 or equivalent) in a Biology-related subject, plus evidence of additional conservation experience. First degrees in Geography or Environmental Management with a strong ecological component are also accepted. Non-scientists seeking to apply can take the one year Diploma in Ecology and enter the MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation the following year.
Months of entry
Core modules explore ecological survey methods, current global issues in conservation, research skills for ecologists and statistics. To shape the course to your interest, choose from a diverse range of optional modules, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), practical conservation, work placement, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, biodiversity conservation and human society and ecological modelling. The broad areas of topics within this course are given solid grounding through planning, fundraising and executing a research project.
The MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation has a flexible course structure suitable for students who wish to build the skills necessary for a range of careers in conservation and applied ecology. The one year programme starts with a field course. You will take a combination of taught modules during the first half of the year, spending the second half on an individual research project, often overseas.
Most of the teaching is conducted by Conservation Biologists and Ecologists in the Schools of Biological and Environmental Sciences, including collaboration with leading conservation organisations.
This course provides you with interdisciplinary training forming a platform for doctoral research or direct access to employment demanding conservation expertise. With a range of transferable skills, you will have the opportunity to establish valuable contacts with potential employers through short and long term work experience and research interaction with local and international conservation organisations.
Information for international students
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Fees and funding
Faculty of Science Scholarships & Bursaries
On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate course in the Faculty of Science at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities.
Faculty of Science scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to eligible students studying in the following subject areas:
- Biological Sciences
- Computing Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
Any eligible applicant is invited to apply for a scholarship. As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.
Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or visit the UEA website for further information on funding.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Office
- +44 (0)1603 591515