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Biodiversity, Conservation and Management MSc

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    17-JAN-21, 25-APR-21

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

The MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management aims to provide a critical and conceptually sophisticated understanding of biodiversity science and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which management and policy decisions are made. The course design is informed by the recognition that biodiversity conservation, as a domain of science and policy, needs to become more contextual and multi-level in its conception. The course content is rooted in our established strengths in conservation biogeography, governance and planning, in global change and in research design. The course design also responds to the rise of market-based conservation including engagements with enterprise and the transformative potential of new technologies. The specific course objectives are to develop your abilities to: critically engage with concepts and theory in biodiversity science and management from interdisciplinary perspectives and at an advanced level; describe by whom and by what space and territory is produced and governed in conservation over time; critically assess the modes through which conservation builds and extends power and describe in detail the factors that explain the emergence and performance of different governance modes; appreciate the role of ethics, values and norms in producing culturally attuned and effective conservation interventions; embrace the implications of new technological forces for the future of biodiversity science and management; link theory, hypothesis, methods, data and field work so as to identify and develop advanced research questions and design. The aim of the course is to train future leaders, managers and policy makers in biodiversity, conservation and natural resource management. Thus the course teaches conservation as a dynamic discipline integral to all the major areas of human concern - social and political governance, political economy, spatial planning, agriculture, population growth, human and institutional capacity, and investment and markets, in addition to the hard science of biodiversity.

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£ 24,910per year

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University information

University of Oxford

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    2nd

  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

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