Conservation and Biodiversity MSc - 2018 Entry

Entry Year
2018

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

Our Conservation and Biodiversity Masters offers great flexibility, with a wide choice of topics from across disciplines, enabling you to construct a programme that suits your individual interests and career ambitions in this increasingly important field.

You will have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in the key theoretical issues, such as wildlife population dynamics and conservation biology, and learn how these are applied to real-world problems, such as managing habitats or dealing with wildlife-human conflicts. Additionally, you will gain and develop the key skills that are valued by employers, such as problem solving, report writing, data analysis and presentation skills.

You will complete six taught modules delivered by world-leading researchers from our three internationally-renowned partner organisations: Lancaster Environment Centre, Rothamsted Research and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. This gives you the opportunity to interact with a wide range of expert specialists, including lake ecologists, political ecologists, food security biologists, earth observation geographers, social scientists and others, so that you can put your learning into a wider context. 

Several modules include field trips to the beautiful and topographically varied countryside around Lancaster, and beyond.  If you want to travel further afield, we have research projects and partners across the globe that provide exiting opportunities when it comes to selecting your dissertation project.

This project forms a substantial part of your Masters degree. It will enhance your practical and analytical skills and give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a real-world challenge. This may involve a doing a project with a government agency or conservation organisation through our award winning Centre for Global Eco-innovation, which uses our excellent links with the environmental and conservation sectors. Examples of previous dissertation projects are:

  • Effectiveness of habitat management for fritillary butterflies (with Butterfly Conservation)
  • Impact of tourist disturbance on breeding seabirds on the Isle of May (with CEH)
  • Predation impacts on breeding success of black-tailed godwits (with RSPB)
  • Deer and forestry interactions in the Czech Republic (placement with Czech university)
  • Habitat selection by sand lizards in coastal dunes
  • Impact of urbanization on blue tit song behaviour
  • Habitat loss and biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest (with Lavras University, Brazil)
  • Biodiversity in reed fringes on Lake Windermere (with Freshwater Biological Association)

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in the environmental and conservation sectors, as well as further study for a PhD.

 

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Our Conservation and Biodiversity Masters offers great flexibility, with a wide choice of topics from across disciplines, enabling you to construct a programme that suits your individual interests and career ambitions in this increasingly important field.

    You will have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in the key theoretical issues, such as wildlife population dynamics and conservation biology, and learn how these are applied to real-world problems, such as managing habitats or dealing with wildlife-human conflicts. Additionally, you will gain and develop the key skills that are valued by employers, such as problem solving, report writing, data analysis and presentation skills.

    You will complete six taught modules delivered by world-leading researchers from our three internationally-renowned partner organisations: Lancaster Environment Centre, Rothamsted Research and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. This gives you the opportunity to interact with a wide range of expert specialists, including lake ecologists, political ecologists, food security biologists, earth observation geographers, social scientists and others, so that you can put your learning into a wider context. 

    Several modules include field trips to the beautiful and topographically varied countryside around Lancaster, and beyond.  If you want to travel further afield, we have research projects and partners across the globe that provide exiting opportunities when it comes to selecting your dissertation project.

    This project forms a substantial part of your Masters degree. It will enhance your practical and analytical skills and give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a real-world challenge. This may involve a doing a project with a government agency or conservation organisation through our award winning Centre for Global Eco-innovation, which uses our excellent links with the environmental and conservation sectors. Examples of previous dissertation projects are:

    • Effectiveness of habitat management for fritillary butterflies (with Butterfly Conservation)
    • Impact of tourist disturbance on breeding seabirds on the Isle of May (with CEH)
    • Predation impacts on breeding success of black-tailed godwits (with RSPB)
    • Deer and forestry interactions in the Czech Republic (placement with Czech university)
    • Habitat selection by sand lizards in coastal dunes
    • Impact of urbanization on blue tit song behaviour
    • Habitat loss and biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest (with Lavras University, Brazil)
    • Biodiversity in reed fringes on Lake Windermere (with Freshwater Biological Association)

    Graduates have gone on to successful careers in the environmental and conservation sectors, as well as further study for a PhD.

     

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

      Core

      Optional

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Key Information

    Key Information

    Designed for: For graduates of ecology, biology, biological sciences, environmental sciences,geography or similar degrees who are interested in extending their knowledge and gaining experience. This course is good for people preparing for a career in consultancy, working with wildlife monitoring organisations, nature conservation charities or going on to do a PhD. 

    Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, Ecology, Biology, Geography or a similar degree

    If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualification here: International Qualifications

    We may consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for further information.

    IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0

    We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements

    If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:

     

    10 week - Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0 

    For details of eligibility see: Pre-sessional programmes

    4 week - Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5
    Further information is available at  English for Academic Purposes

    Assessment: Coursework, presentations, examinations and dissertation

    Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding.

       
  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

    Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
    UK/EU £8,500 £4,250
    Overseas £19,500 n/a

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.