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Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course MRes

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Overview

Are you ready to make your impact on biodiversity?

Our leading researchers are making an impact through their dedicated research within the field of Ecology and Conservation. Your learning will be heavily influenced by their world-class research, which drives national and international policy agendas around environmental change and global sustainability. Distinct from similar courses offered in the UK, the course concentrates on the biological principles underlying biodiversity, its assessment and management. You’ll learn to identify plants and animals, explore the institutional framework underlying biodiversity and conservation and gain key analytical and practical skills for a range of academic and professional careers.

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in conservation, or for further research at PhD level. If you’re already an established conservation professional, our modules provide additional skills to support you to progress in your employment.

Distinct from similar courses offered in the UK, the course concentrates on the biological principles underlying biodiversity, its assessment and management. You’ll learn to identify plants and animals, explore the institutional framework underlying biodiversity and conservation and gain key analytical and practical skills for a range of academic and professional careers. You’ll also gain valuable experience in biodiversity and conservation-related research.

You’ll also undertake the African field course is based at Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia, Kenya. You’ll gain a first-hand appreciation of the ecology and conservation concerns of an African savannah community, both for the wildlife and the people who live in the area. As well as learning about the local environment, flora and fauna, you’ll spend most of the time designing and carrying out group research projects.

The University of Leeds has twice been recognised by the European Union as a "centre of excellence" for biodiversity and conservation training. We believe biodiversity can only be managed and conserved when it can be measured and interpreted properly.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Biodiversity and Conservation Skills I
  • MRes Biodiversity and Conservation Skills II
  • African Field Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation MSc and MRes Summer Project
  • Biodiversity and Conservation MRes Research Project 1

Learning and teaching

You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including formal lectures, interactive workshops, problem-solving, practical classes and demonstrations.

Research projects

As an MRes student, you’ll carry out two research projects. The range of project topics is large and diverse, covering applied, empirical and theoretical subjects. The first (winter) project is usually Leeds-based, while the second (summer) projects can be carried out in the UK or overseas.

Practical skills

There are many opportunities to develop valuable practical and analytical research skills through modules such as Insect Identification, Plant Identification, the GIS modules and by overseas field courses. Statistical methods using R are a key component of the compulsory skills modules.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods: multiple-choice testing, practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, discussion groups (face-to-face and online), computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations. 

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

How to apply

Documents and information you’ll need

  • completed online application form (for Taught Postgraduate Study)
  • completed supporting statement
  • full CV
  • transcript of degree examination marks achieved to date
  • copy of final degree certificate (if completed)
  • evidence of English language qualification (non-native English speakers only)
  • copy of passport (if you’re an overseas student).

Find out more about how to apply

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Fees

  • UK/EU: £12,500 (total)
  • International: £23,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees for this course are split 50:50. For example the full-time course fee is split over the two years of study. You will pay half of the course fees in a year one and the half again in your second year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Scholarships for Faculty of Biological Sciences students

We award a generous range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. We consider all eligible applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and excellent personal and professional skills.

Visit our FBS fees and scholarship page to find out more about the range of scholarships we have to offer.

Career opportunities

The course has strong links with potential employers, including Natural England, the National Trust, conservation bodies and commercial ecological consultancies, both local and national. These employers contribute directly to teaching on a number of our modules, providing key practical training and invaluable networking opportunities.

Graduate Destinations

All of the following organisations have recruited employees from our Biodiversity and Conservation degrees:

  • ARKive
  • Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Chester Zoo
  • Natural England
  • Exmoor National Park
  • Forestry Commission
  • Frontier
  • IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)
  • Leeds City Council
  • Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, Florida
  • The Environment Agency
  • The National Trust
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • The Society for Environmental Exploration

Visit the Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course MRes page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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