Taught course

Environmental Conservation and Management

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for admission to the MSc programme are: 1. an Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline 2. for graduates of non-UK universities, sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the programme (e.g. TOEFL 550 or equivalent) The very nature of the programme is such that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of the Built and Natural Environment has for many years offered programmes designed to develop and prepare students for a career in the environmental sector. The University led the way by becoming the first university

to offer an Environmental Conservation degree in 1998. There is an increasing societal and political demand for the sustainable management of our environment and natural resources.

This MSc programme will develop your abilities to address the competing needs of society, the economy and the environment in a practical and holistic way, supported by geographical and academic knowledge. The programme is divided into two parts; you will complete a series of taught modules followed by an independent research-based dissertation in part two. The taught modules will provide you with the industry-specific legal, technical and managerial abilities, which are sought after by employers. You will also be able to select a module that is relevant to your particular interest or area of employment. This option provides a degree of flexibility in your course content as well as a platform for further study at MPhil of PhD level.

Learning and Teaching

The Marine Research Group in the School of Built and Natural Environment undertakes research work which addresses the effects of climate change on our coastal environments. The university is also involved in Marine Mammals Research which has been researching the Harbour porpoise populations in Swansea and Gower since 2002. Other projects, such as the WSPA funded bear sanctuary in the Carpathian Mountains, also offer undergraduate and postgraduate conservation students practical research and conservation experiences.

“The Research project provided me with the skills and knowledge to develop my career. I now work for a water company which assesses customer’s ecological footprints to develop strategies to help reduce consumption. It’s fantastic to be doing something I love and that is making a difference to individuals and the planet!” – Abi Lewis, MSc Environmental Conservation and Management.


Compulsory Modules:

  • Environmental Planning and Policy (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management for Environmental Conservation (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Development (20 credits)
  • Research Methodology (20 credits)
  • Environmental Law (20 credits)
  • § Major Project (60 credits)

Elective Modules choose one from:

  • Energy: Issues and Concerns (20 credits)
  • Waste and Resource Management (20 credits)
  • Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)
  • Coastal Zone Management (20 credits)
  • Habitat Management (20 credits)
  • The Workplace Environment (20 credits)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Chris House
01792 481000
01792 651760