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Masters degrees in Population Biology offer advanced training in the study of different organisms and the dynamics of species populations, including the processes which lead to population change and extinction.
Courses may specialise in specific areas such as Human Population Biology, Wildlife Biology or appropriate branches of Ecology and Conservation Biology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant science subject.
Courses in this area are highly varied. For example, you may choose to focus on the origins of a given species through practices in genetics, or explore the evolution and developments of populations as a result of environmental changes such as trophic interactions (food resources).
The skills which you will develop through a combination of academic enquiry, practical laboratory experiments, and fieldwork experience will make you suited to a number of roles. You may opt to work within governing bodies and charities to protect certain populations from extinction, or develop new methods for monitoring populations in remote environments.
You may also continue research in academia, for which your Masters would provide an excellent basis to pursue further study at PhD level.
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