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MSc in Conservation and Rural Development


University of Kent School of Anthropology and Conservation

Full time & Part time September MA, MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

The MSc in Conservation and Rural Development explores the issues underlying the conservation-rural development debate and offers practical and methodological tools for working at the interface between conservation and rural development.

The relationship between conservation and rural development can best be described as an uneasy alliance: on the one hand there is substantial common ground between them in terms of preventing environmental degradation, but on the other, they are often in direct conflict. This pathway explores the issues underlying the conservation/rural development debate and offers practical and methodological tools for working at the interface between the two.

The programme is relevant to the work of national management and scientific authorities, international and

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Entry Requirements

A good second class honours degree, or better, in a relevant subject; a good honours degree in other subjects together with relevant practical experience. In exceptional circumstances, DICE admits applicants without a first degree if their professional career and experience shows academic achievement of a high enough standard. For detailed information see our English language requirements web page


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Sam Leslie

After completing my MSc at DICE, I moved to Cambodia to work as an intern for Fauna and Flora International to support the country's only MSc programme in biodiversity conservation. Using skills I learnt at DICE, I assisted students in designing their thesis research, analyzing results and polishing their final submissions as well as teaching two modules. Through this work I was able to build a strong network and have been working as an independent consultant in Cambodia and Bhutan on a range of exciting topics including livelihood surveys, ecotourism and human wildlife conflict compensation.



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