Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
This course is designed to develop the professional and field skills, including identification and survey techniques required for effective conservation. It will familiarise you with the key ecological concepts underlying evidence-based conservation. You will produce professional reports and assessments and undertake monitoring of species and communities. You will also gain additional skills essential for conservation practitioners, for example:
The course has two pathways: one is focused on conservation within the UK/EU and the other focuses on conservation at the international level.
Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) accreditation indicates that a key professional body recognises that we offer our students the opportunity to develop the key skills needed for employment in conservation ecology. Additionally, our students have access to vital information about current developments in ecology and consultancy and can benefit from all that CIEEM offers.
Please note: CIEEM accreditation is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.are you for a career in conservation ecology.
- On successful completion of the MSc, you will be able to apply for graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Teaching and learning methods reflect the wide variety of topics associated with conservation ecology, and include field visits and exercises, lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, practical exercises, laboratory sessions and project work. A key component of the course is developing field skills, including species identification. Techniques for identification are taught in the field and in laboratory sessions, using expertise from the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences and, where appropriate, from the University of Oxford Museum of Natural History.
As needed, you will be taught by guest speakers who are conservation practitioners or who work in conservation research organisations. Some parts of the course share modules with master’s provision in Environmental Assessment and Management and also in Primate Conservation. This cross-disciplinary nature for certain aspects of the course is a key strength.
The course is entirely assessed by coursework. You will be assessed using a range of assessed topics, including scientific reports, verbal presentations, mock grant applications, critiques of published work and reports, taxonomic collections and via a dissertation covering your research topic. We give you detailed feedback on all your submissions and provide opportunities for formative feedback.
We use the varied landscape of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire as our natural laboratory, and the course has a large practical component, developing survey and assessment methods as well as identification skills. This landscape is used to illustrate major conservation issues as well. Most of this field work is conducted as part of the modules during semesters but we also have a field skills based period at the end of the taught component of the course and offer opportunities to work towards gaining specialist licences, which are invaluable for consultancy work.
There are no extra costs associated with the fieldwork components of this MSc.
We encourage you to conduct your research project with conservation organisations or with one of our research groups. We have good links with a range of national and local conservation organisations and ecological consultancies. On successful completion of this MSc, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. With an additional two years' work experience, you will be eligible to apply for associate membership.
Visit the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Conservation Ecology page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!
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