The University of Stirling has offered an innovative postgraduate course in Environmental Management with a Conservation specialisation since 2013, leading to the qualification of Diploma or MSc. The course provides the scientific knowledge and approaches for conservation science and practice and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas via the selection of relevant modules and the research project. Areas of potential specialisation include ecosystem services, environmental economics, conservation conflicts, habitat and biodiversity management and application of GIS and remote sensing.
There is a compulsory residential course in field techniques, which takes place in the Cairngorm National Park. The MSc course is equally relevant to recent and mature graduates seeking a career in conservation science, governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Our course gives students: -An understanding of the science that underpin conservation and sustainability. -An understanding of the ecological, economic, social, political and legal frameworks for conservation. -A comprehensive training in quantitative, theoretical, analytical and practical and generic skills.
-Degree type: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc. -Study methods: Full time, Campus based. -Duration: MSc 1 Year, PG Diploma 9 months, PG Certificate 4 months. -Start date: September. -Course Director: Dr Nils Bunnefeld.
Graduates from this course will have gained knowledge in the broad field of conservation science, including collecting and analysing relevant data for sustainable decision-making and transferable skills relevant to future employment at national and international level.
About the Faculty
The Faculty of Natural Sciences provides a distinctive and distinguished academic arena that explores the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological, environmental and aquatic systems.
The Faculty brings together four divisions: -Institute of Aquaculture. -Biological and Environmental Sciences. -Computing Science and Mathematics. -Psychology.
World-leading original, significant and rigorous research is found in all of our academic disciplines. Our approach is interdisciplinary and research aspires to be cutting-edge, collaborative and excellent – internationally recognised for its quality and relevance. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Faculty participated in six units of assessment where it excelled in a breadth of disciplines: -1st in the UK in Aquaculture. -4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science. -3rd in Scotland (18th in the UK) for Psychology. -One of only four UK universities with Psychology research rated as having 100% world-leading impact.
Other course requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: -IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill. -Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C. -Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B. -Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component. -IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17.