£1,000 postgraduate bursary available. Application deadline 1 July 2015.
This course is designed to meet a rising need for highly skilled conservationists with academic qualifications at Masters level. It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecological and Environmental Management (CIEEM). It will lead to qualification as a biodiversity conservationist and provide a stepping stone into a broad range of careers in the ecological and environmental sector.
Why study Biodiversity Conservation at NTU?
• The programme has been specially designed to meet a growing need for highly skilled biodiversity surveyors seeking careers in the ecological consultancy sector. • One of the few courses in the UK which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). • In addition to the normal survey skills, you have the opportunity to gain wide-ranging experience of the use of GIS as a tool for survey and management. • The programme is delivered at the University’s Brackenhurst campus – itself a wildlife-rich rural location but within easy reach of some of the most important repositories of British wildlife, such as Sherwood Forest and the Peak District. • You will be taught in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, where you will benefit from academic rigour and comprehensive student support within a friendly “family” atmosphere.
In order to bridge the gaps in my academic and professional skills I decided on studying for a postgraduate degree to facilitate a change of career into ecology consultancy. After initially speaking to numerous professionals within the industry the positive feedback I got on the course content for the MSc made up my mind to return to the Nottingham Trent University and enrol on the degree. The course covered modules directly relevant and transferable to working as an ecology consultant with the flexibility of part-time studying which allowed me to gain work experience whilst studying. The location and situation of Brackenhurst offered an excellent learning environment ensuring that different habitats and survey techniques could be learned and practised without always having to travel away from the University for practical lectures. The varied specialisms of the course tutors also ensured a wide variety of species and subjects were taught allowing students the opportunity to explore different areas of interest, particularly for dissertation topics. The degree also allowed for independent study without having to follow strict, structured assignment briefs to allow students to explore topics of personal interest and ensured the subject matter remained challenging and diverse.
The MSc and course content was well received by prospective employers and gave me a competitive edge over other candidates; I was able to gain full time employment as an ecology consultant within only a couple of months of completing the course.
2.2 honours degree or higher in a relevant Science degree or equivalent (Biological Science-related subjects are preferred); Applicants with relevant industry experience will also be considered; International students require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
Please contact the school for more information
Recipient: Nottingham Trent University
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