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About the course

On this course you’ll learn about the latest developments in conservation science and practice, hone your ability to communicate effectively and develop your skills in identifying flora and fauna.

When you graduate, you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of the science and practice of biodiversity conservation – equipping you with the skills required for a career in this area. 

Situated on the Dorset coast, at BU we are within easy reach of outstanding environments of global importance for conservation, including the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Wessex Downs, Dorset Heaths, Poole Harbour and New Forest. The area is a hotspot for biodiversity and provides outstanding opportunities for field-based learning.

The teaching staff are specialists in biodiversity

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Entry Requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:

- A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject.
- Required subjects include: Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Earth & Geographical Sciences, Conservation Biology, Ecology & Wildlife Conservation.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enquiry Team for more information: View Website

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Natalia Tejedor

After working as a project administrator for ReForLan, a forest restoration project in Latin America, I am now six months into my PhD studentship, researching the impact of climate change on extinction risk on the Montane Forests.

I have always liked the idea of getting involved in nature conservation and, after finishing an undergraduate degree in Applied Geography, finding a MSc on Biodiversity at BU gave me that extra focus on my interests. It was ideal for me because it emphasised on fieldwork and practical activities with local professionals. BU had great studying facilities and the staff provided all the support I needed.

I really enjoyed the course, particularly the fieldwork carried out, where actual conservation issues were tackled in the different local habitats. My personal research project was carried out in Mexico, where I had the pleasure to survey tropical dry forests using local surveying techniques, alongside local people and forest experts. I assessed the different methods of surveying the dry forests and the experience and knowledge gained there helped me to get my current position.

I have developed skills such as critical analysis of current environmental issues, learnt various techniques used in conservation today and strengthened my knowledge in scientific writing, project bids and GIS.

Since finishing my MSc I had the opportunity to get a part-time job as an administrator for a forest restoration project in Latin America. I have also worked as a research assistant at BU and the University of Alcala de Henares, Spain. I believe that doing this MSc has improved my career profile and helped me to get in contact with people involved in nature conservation. I think that it would have been difficult to achieve this without the MSc.



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