Taught course

Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health (online distance learning)

University of Edinburgh · School of Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in a zoological, biological, environmental, veterinary or a relevant bio-science topic.

Applicants with relevant work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Certificate and Diploma appeal to a wider audience, including individuals with appropriate work experience in the human or animal health sectors, field conservation or conservation policy and implementation.

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the 'Enabling Skills' sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health aims to meet the demand for interdisciplinary training in understanding and managing the natural environment.

With numerous environmental threats, it is important that people fully understand the complex relationships between human populations, wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live.

There is more emphasis than ever before on a holistic approach to conservation management, to assess and accommodate the needs of all aspects of ecosystems, with the ultimate goal of sustainable ecosystem use to preserve the long-term potential of habitats and species diversity in both the developing and developed world.

Information for international students

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements: Postgraduate entry requirements by country

Fees and funding

Fully funded studentships are available to candidates who are citizens of a developing Commonwealth country and include full tuition fee and includes resources to enhance student participation, access and research skills.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months


distance learning
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Sharron Ogle/Kim Picozzi (Programme Director)
+44 (0) 131 242 6461
+44 (0) 131 242 6479