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MSc Conservation Management

Edge Hill University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Edge Hill University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21, SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This taught Master’s degree is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in conservation management or ecological consultancy, professions which increasingly require postgraduate qualification for establishment and progression. The course puts a high emphasis on practical field experience for managing habitats, monitoring species and developing biological identification skills for plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. These activities are allied to a clear theoretical framework underpinning ecology and conservation practice. This course is suitable for recent graduates, experienced consultants, conservation workers or those seeking a career change.

This Conservation Management course combines the expertise of the field biologist with practical experience of managing habitats. A firm emphasis is placed on fieldwork, biological identification skills and experience of a broad range of management issues. You will develop laboratory skills including microscopy for bryophyte and invertebrate identification and soil analysis techniques. Identification skills gained will range from plants to invertebrates, mammals, amphibians and birds. Fieldwork is an integral part of many modules and is used to provide a multitude of experiences across species, habitats and conservation issues. A variety of local sites are used including dunes, meadows and forests. The programme includes a residential field course. Field trip costs are included within course fees.

The course has a variety of assessment methods which are designed to develop the full range of skills and expertise relevant to the subject. These include a research thesis, scientific reports, voucher specimen collections, vegetation portfolios, field-based management plans and examinations. This MSc will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in conservation or ecological consultancy. To date, graduates of the course have been employed by a range of non-governmental organisations (for example, Wildlife Trusts, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and National Trust), governmental organisations (Natural England) and consultancies (including Atkins UK, Jacob’s Ecology, and Avian Ecology). Graduates have also progressed into conservation research, working for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and at various universities.

Accredited by CIEEM.

Tuition fees

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£ 13,500overall cost

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University information

Edge Hill University

  • University League Table

    62nd

  • Campus address

    Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    82nd out of 103 5

    68th out of 72 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    111 49%

    77th

    17
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%

    76th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.43 89%

    2nd

    8
  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    110 52%

    48th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62 62%

    54th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.80 76%

    69th

    10

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