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About the course

Increasing pressure on land-use across the world has led to a growing demand for postgraduates with environmental surveying qualifications. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). It provides you with the knowledge you'll need to work within the environmental and ecological consulting and conservation professions.

Why choose this course?

  • Brackenhurst campus is the perfect environment to develop the expertise required for a career in biodiversity conservation.
  • A number of protected species are studied on-site including yellowhammers, great crested newts, badgers and hedgehogs.
  • The latest Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking equipment and surveying techniques are employed by students on this course.
  • The course provides an industry

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Entry Requirements

MRes: A minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

MSc: A minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

Other requirements: Work experience in a relevant field

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Wilmie Burton

“One of the key things that drew me to the MSc Biodiversity Conservation is the fact that it is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). It also ticked all the right boxes for the skills and knowledge that employers want to see.

“The course has some more technical modules such as GIS, and in-the-field modules which I enjoyed as my BSc degree contained a lot of theory and lab work.

“The class size is a lot smaller than in the other universities that I know, so you get more opportunity for discussion and better teaching quality in lectures and seminars.

“Because CIEEM have been involved in the composition of the course and they are a leading body in the ecology and environmental work place, so having their name on my CV will make it stand out straight away.

“Doing the course also allows you to become an automatic student member of the CIEEM which is really a foot in the door. It means you get access to lots of extremely useful information and free or discounted training and networking opportunities.”


Brendan Noone

"Brackenhurst Campus is nestled in some lovely countryside, perfect for pursuing a career in wildlife conservation. I was looking to progress my career into a pathway that meant I could pursue conservation of British wildlife. The course had a lot to offer with field trips and research potential.

The course offers a good medium to expand and discuss contemporary conservation practices and potential implications. This includes learning about everything from legislation that is in place to protect wildlife to varying surveying techniques used to observe wildlife in their natural setting. I enjoyed modules with a practical element that allowed us to think critically about research and practically implement our taught content.


The course is accredited by CIEEM. This accreditation shows that the course is of high quality and will allow a smooth transfer into the working world of ecology and conservation.


The staff are friendly and willing to help with any questions and queries you may have and the Employability Team have offered advice on my CV. In future, I would like to progress further into research and academia or work as an ecological consultant."


Amelia Reddish

“The MSc in Biodiversity Conservation is geared towards a career in ecological consultancy, however it also caters for those interested in research. The course teaches both practical and theoretical aspects of conservation, equipping students with vital skills.

“I was initially drawn to the course by the CIEEM accreditation. The course was also recommended to me by several past students. If you are considering a career in ecology or research this course will equip you with important skills necessary for your future.

“I enjoy the practical sessions both on and off campus. In particular, I am looking forward to my research project wherein I will be collecting data on roosting behaviours of Mops bats in Malawi. Nottingham Trent University provides great opportunities for a wide array of research both in the UK and overseas.

“In the short-term I am interested in going to work at an ecological consultancy when I graduate. However, in the future I would like to complete a PhD and go into research. I believe the course so far has equipped me with many skills that will be useful for both career options. The majority of the materials covered are transferable to a wide array of job choices.”


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