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Masters degrees in Biodiversity equip postgraduates with a working knowledge of the developmental processes of different plant, insect, and animal species, and their interrelationships within different environments.
Popular specialisms and related subjects include Biodiversity Conservation, Biodiversity Management, Taxonomy and Ecology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Biology, Conservation or Ecology.
Tackling Biodiversity in the wider world is no easy feat, with the destruction of natural habitats and landscapes occurring on a daily basis. By training in this area, you could learn the techniques which aim to increase biodiversity and find solutions to everyday issues such as climate change and extinction.
Training is provided in areas such as taxonomy of animals and plants, their response to diseases, and their evolutionary relationships. You will explore these via methods such as lab testing, 3D modelling, and data collection and fieldwork. Policy across different industries, including commercial businesses and public organisations is also considered.
Careers include roles within environmental policy and management, public health, ecotourism or even scientific journalism. If you would prefer a career in academia, you may wish to utilise your Masters experience as groundwork for further research at PhD level.
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Taxonomy and systematics provide the foundation for studying the diversity of the living world. This course will give you a broad background in these disciplines and their power for our understanding of biological diversity. Read more
The understanding of plant diversity and resources has never been more important. As we face the unprecedented challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, effective environmental surveillance and conservation depend upon detailed knowledge of plants and their habitats. Read more
The Master in Conservation Biology, specialization Ecology, Monitoring and Management of Ecosystems aims at providing a critical and conceptually-based understanding of structure, functioning, monitoring, and management of ecosystems submitted to various natural and anthropogenic pressures, in the framework of biodiversity conservation. Read more
Our MRes in Tropical Forest Ecology provides high-level research training, covering the latest developments in the field. The course is the only postgraduate degree in the UK to solely focus on tropical forest ecology, while also covering the physical and biological aspects of the forest ecosystem. Read more
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. Read more