Taught course

Environmental Conservation

University of Greenwich · Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • An appropriate first degree, normally at 2.1 or above, in an ecological, scientific or environmental management discipline OR relevant personal/professional experience.
  • Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.
  • Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but should contact the Programme Leader via science-queries@gre.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is for individuals already working in environmental conservation who seek to broaden or update their knowledge, and for graduates who wish to become professionally involved in conservation and environmental management.

Professional and conservation organisations have advised on the content of this degree, ensuring strong links between the programme and the needs of the conservation industry and it has received two awards for 'Best Practice' from the CIEEM. The programme is structured around six compulsory courses that integrate theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary conservation and environmental management.

Students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of modern-day conservation and environmental management, and gain a practical understanding of ecological techniques and strategies. They also acquire the skills to critically apply environmental management techniques and methods to practical situations and to understand decision making processes and the underlying criteria and values. In addition, they gain specific knowledge and skills through their chosen optional courses.

During June to September students undertake a research project in a specialist area of their choice, often in collaboration with an external organisation.

There is a high component of practical work including fieldtrips.

This programme is accredited by the CIEEM.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide a broad-based understanding of the current issues facing practitioners.
  • To equip graduates to develop a career in the environmental sector.
  • To enable students to develop a portfolio of skills and specialist knowledge of a particular area during the research project.


  • Principles and Practice of Environmental Conservation (15 credits)
  • Environmental Law and Policy (15 credits)
  • Restoration Ecology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits)
  • Techniques in Applied Ecology (30 credits)
  • Introduction to GIS (15 credits)
  • Environmental Conservation Project (60 credits)
  • Options include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Ecology and Conservation of Estuaries and Coastal Zones and Managing Tourism in Protected Areas (15 credits)

Fees and funding

CDLs, employer sponsorship.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Medway Campus


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Creative work33

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000