Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:

  • anthropology
  • biology
  • computer science
  • history
  • mathematics
  • sustainable development.

You should have a keen interest in conservation and the scientific methods that underpin conservation policy, and be able to demonstrate this through one of the following:

  • an A-Level, AS-Level, Scottish Higher, International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualification in a science or environmental discipline such as geography or biology
  • undergraduate modules in ecology, biology or environmental sciences
  • relevant professional experience.

You must also be prepared for the demands of working across disciplinary boundaries – for example, those from a mathematical background should demonstrate good literacy and an awareness of the social context of conservation issues. Those from a humanities background should demonstrate numeracy and logical thinking.

An AS-Level, Scottish Higher, International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualification in a subject such as physics, maths, or engineering will be advantageous if you are intending to take a more quantitative route through the programme.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Course information

The MSc Conservation Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to conservation theory and practice. It brings together students and academic staff from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, but with a shared passion for conservation.

Highlights

  • Aimed at students intending to follow a career in conservation.
  • Introduces key questions and concepts in conservation studies, providing a comprehensive overview of the field.
  • Explores conservation practice and applied skills needed in conservation roles and research projects may be undertaken with a conservation organisation.
  • Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
  • Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.

Teaching Format

The MSc in Conservation Studies is a one-year full-time degree. You will complete one compulsory module in Semester 1 (September to December) and a second compulsory module in Semester 2 (January to May). Alongside the compulsory modules, you will complete one or two optional modules in each semester.

You will use the period from June to August to complete a supervised research project.

The MSc involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical sessions.

Most modules are assessed through coursework, including essays, reports, and presentations.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,450
International students
EU: £9,450 Overseas: £23,090

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
gradschool@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2032