Conservation and Biodiversity MSc

University of Exeter    College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.

About the course


  • Designed in consultation with multiple external agencies to ensure relevant training that maximises graduate employability and targets both research and practical conservation skills
  • Offers substantial fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas, including a field course in Kenya
  • Provides opportunities to connect with external agencies and organisations to further enhance your training
  • Delivered by leading international researchers in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation
  • Offers access to excellent facilities including state-of-the-art research laboratories, greenhouses and controlled environment rooms

Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

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Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree of 65% or above in a relevant science subject* is required, although we will consider all applications with a 2.1 where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study (research and/or numerical skills), and/or significant relevant work experience of 2+ years.

*Relevant subjects include: Biosciences, Ecology, Geography, Marine Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Sciences, Zoology.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

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Katie Goodman

I have always been interested in the natural world, environmental issues, sustainability and conservation. After travelling for a while following my undergraduate degree, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in the environmental field and the MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at Cornwall sounded really interesting. There have been many valuable aspects of the programme, most notably the high level of external speakers and experts who have come in to speak to us regarding local and national conservation issues and programmes. The Cornwall Campus is in a great location surrounded by nature and it also means I don't have to travel far to carry out my research.


Coming from an urban environment in America, moving over 3,500 miles into a coastal rural area is very different. Everyone has been welcoming with a positive attitude, constantly inviting me to join for academic and social events. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to begin my independent life!

It’s a fantastic programme that automatically grants you the opportunity to experience conducting research in the field while simultaneously gaining a better understanding regarding human-wildlife conflicts across the African continent while studying in Kenya. You’ll make lifelong friends who are also focused on dedicating their career to wildlife conservation. The university staff is incredibly welcoming and accommodating, willing to help you achieve your full potential.


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