Taught course

Global Biodiversity Conservation

University of Sussex · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is an outstanding learning experience that will give you advanced knowledge and skills in conservation biology.

You’ll gain an advanced, global outlook on conservation and will be ready to help solve the challenges of change in the modern world.

You’ll learn about the positive approaches that conservation biologists use to address conservation challenges and have the chance to participate in unique research in the field.

Key facts

We were ranked 8th in the UK for research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

We are part of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme, which provides an excellent interdisciplinary research environment spanning the School of Life Sciences, the School of Global Studies, Sussex Law School, SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit and the Institute of Developmental Studies.

We are situated in the Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and surrounded by the South Downs National Park.

How will I study?

Core modules, which give you fundamental skills in conservation skills and biology, are supplemented by a choice of options on:

  • climate change
  • law
  • governance
  • engagement
  • unique field modules in tropical rainforest and Mediterranean regions.

In the spring and summer terms, you will work on an independent research project.

Modules are assessed through:

  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations.
  • The project is assessed with a dissertation.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and Immigration

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Postgraduate Masters Loan

Borrow up to £10,000 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

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Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Life Sciences
+44 (0)1273 678057