Taught course

Island Biodiversity and Conservation

University of Exeter · College of Life and Environmental Sciences

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Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in biology or a relevant science subject is required, although a 2:2 with relevant experience will be considered. Applicants with significant, professional work experience seeking an academic qualification or the opportunity to enhance skills or knowledge in this field will also be considered. Candidates may be asked to attend an interview (which may be by Skype, telephone or video link).

Months of entry


Course content

  • Delivered by Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies and accredited by the University of Exeter
  • Designed to meet the needs of conservation professionals specialising in islands, students who wish to remain in academia and conservation practitioners from across the world
  • Offers substantial fieldwork opportunities, including a module in Sark, Channel Islands and Tenerife, Canary Islands
  • Delivered by a consortium of leading professionals and academics from across the globe
  • Comprises modules that target both researchers and practical conservation skills
  • Provides opportunities to complete the dissertation module in a number of different islands, including Hawaii, Greece, Canary Islands, Madagascar and Mauritius to name a few
  • Offers excellent facilities and the opportunity to study in a beautiful island with rich biodiversity

Islands provide some of the planet’s most spectacular examples of biodiversity, making them important repositories of unique species. Yet there are more endangered species and habitats per capita in Small Island Developing States and territories than anywhere else in the world. This one-year taught Masters programme is an innovative course dedicated to the understanding and conservation of the biodiversity of islands throughout the world. This programme is delivered by the Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies (JICAS) and taught in Jersey, Channel Islands. The programme boasts a significant research component with substantial fieldwork modules in the Channel Islands and Canary Islands, and dissertation options across the globe. A consortium of world-leading academics has come together in Jersey to produce a niche programme of research-led study.

This applied degree provides a number of employability outcomes, including careers in management positions in global conservation NGOs, public conservation government ministries, organisations and departments, as well as technical positions in conservation and sustainability consultancies. This degree also serves as a gateway to a PhD and other academic positions in leading conservation organisations and enterprises in the UK and abroad.

Information for international students

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies
+44 (0)7700360607