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MSc Biodiversity Conservation


Course Description

This biodiversity conservation degree, taught by specialists in the field, will give you an in-depth knowledge of the science and practice of biodiversity conservation. It will equip you with the skills required for a career in biodiversity conservation.

Topics covered include biodiversity assessment and monitoring, site survey, management and restoration, GIS and data analysis, ecological principles and regulatory frameworks. You'll learn about the latest developments in conservation science and practice, and hone your ability to communicate effectively.

Field-based teaching features throughout to capitalise on the BU’s location within a biodiversity hotspot. Situated on the Dorset coast, BU is within easy reach of outstanding environments of global importance for conservation, including the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Wessex Downs, Dorset heaths, Poole Harbour and New Forest.

Core Units

Conservation in Practice. Field Ecology Skills. Frontiers in Biodiversity. Quantitative & Spatial Analysis. Research Project. Option units (2 of the following): Advanced Quantitative & Spatial Methods. Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services. Conservation Genetics. International Law of the Environment. Primate Behaviour & Ecology.

Visit the MSc Biodiversity Conservation page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Natalia Tejedor

After working as a project administrator for ReForLan, a forest restoration project in Latin America, I am now six months into my PhD studentship, researching the impact of climate change on extinction risk on the Montane Forests.

I have always liked the idea of getting involved in nature conservation and, after finishing an undergraduate degree in Applied Geography, finding a MSc on Biodiversity at BU gave me that extra focus on my interests. It was ideal for me because it emphasised on fieldwork and practical activities with local professionals. BU had great studying facilities and the staff provided all the support I needed.

I really enjoyed the course, particularly the fieldwork carried out, where actual conservation issues were tackled in the different local habitats. My personal research project was carried out in Mexico, where I had the pleasure to survey tropical dry forests using local surveying techniques, alongside local people and forest experts. I assessed the different methods of surveying the dry forests and the experience and knowledge gained there helped me to get my current position.

I have developed skills such as critical analysis of current environmental issues, learnt various techniques used in conservation today and strengthened my knowledge in scientific writing, project bids and GIS.

Since finishing my MSc I had the opportunity to get a part-time job as an administrator for a forest restoration project in Latin America. I have also worked as a research assistant at BU and the University of Alcala de Henares, Spain. I believe that doing this MSc has improved my career profile and helped me to get in contact with people involved in nature conservation. I think that it would have been difficult to achieve this without the MSc.


(Scholarship)

Academic Scholarship (UK/EU) - No. of awards TBC

To which courses does this scholarship apply?
All taught full-time postgraduate (Master's) courses delivered at BU.How many scholarships are awarded annually?
There is no limit to the number of scholarships that we can award. If you meet the criteria then you will receive the award.How is this scholarship paid?
The scholarship will be paid by a reduction in your tuition fee.Other information about this scholarship
Recipients of this scholarship cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

For courses starting in September 2016 or January 2017.
Postgraduate (Masters) applicants are eligible to apply. Excludes BU International College students studying for a Pre-Masters.Applicants must have an outstanding academic profile, relevant to their course, as follows:Upper second-class honours (2i) classification, or above, from a UK undergraduate Bachelor's degree or overseas equivalent.If you are from an EU country and require clarification about equivalent level qualifications, please contact our International Admissions Team.

Application Procedure

There is no need to complete an application form. Once we've received your results, we'll let you know (via email in the first instance) if you've been successful.

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/uk-eu-student-scholarships/academic-scholarship


(Scholarship)

BU Dean’s Scholarship - Faculty of Science & Technology (International) - 5 Awards

Any applicant for a Faculty of Science & Technology Master’s degree who qualifies as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes.
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% fee reduction

Eligibility

Any applicant for a Faculty of Science & Technology Master’s degree who qualifies as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes.
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship.

Application Procedure

Apply via online form available from our website. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2016. You can apply at the same time or after you have submitted your course application form.

Successful applicants will normally be informed within one month of the deadline. Your award will not be formally approved until you hold an unconditional firm offer

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/bu-dean-s-scholarship-faculty-science-technology-international


(Scholarship)

BU Sport scholarships - 20+ Awards

The BU Sport Scholarship is available to elite athletes coming to study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at BU. The scholarship is designed to provide you with the funding you need to develop your sporting abilities and take them to the next level.You can apply for up to £5,000 of funding and put this money towards tuition fees (up to 50%), coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses or support services.Athletes within the programme will ideally represent BU at varsity level, as well as their club at national or international level.If you are awarded a scholarship, you will need to meet with the Sports Performance Manager to assess how the funds will help you throughout the year, commit to attending 75% of training sessions, represent BU in sporting competitions where possible and agree to raise the profile of sportBU’s activities and to be featured in marketing materials.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000-£5,000

Eligibility

For courses starting in January 2016.
We are finalising details for our September 2016 Sports Scholarships and will publish the full details and application process in January 2016Any UK/EU or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course delivered at BU.
Be a talented sportsperson and have the desire to continue to develop in the sporting arena, as well as academically.

Application Procedure

Apply via online form available from our website.

We are finalising details for our September 2016 Sports Scholarships and will publish the full details and application process in January 2016

Scholarship forms need to be completed and returned to sportBU by the final week in September. As part of your application for a BU Sport Scholarship, you will have to attend trials and be assessed by our coach. If you compete in a sport outside of our varsity programme, you will need to supply references with your application.

As part of your application, you will need to source a reference from a High Performance Coach or National Governing Body. The referee will need to complete and submit the online reference form.

Further Information

http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/pg-scholarships


(Scholarship)

BU Music scholarships - 15 Awards

Two types of music scholarship may be awarded:A major award is worth £1,000* - for scholars who have Grade 8 on their main instrument/voice and also an academic grounding in music, such as A-level or Grade 8 theory
A minor award is worth around £300* - and is available to fund lessons for students who narrowly miss the prerequisites for a major award. It's expected that minor scholars will pass Grade 8 in their first year and progress to a full scholarship in year two.
Scholarships will be awarded for the first year of study and may be continued for subsequent years of study providing you continue to meet the criteria.*Scholars will be expected to take regular lessons on their main instrument or voice with one of the university's tutors and that the cost of lessons will be deducted from the scholarship fund at source.In addition, all scholars are expected to participate in at least one university ensemble and perform regularly in concerts, making on-going and meaningful contribution to the musical life of the university

Value of Scholarship(s)

£300/£1,000

Eligibility

All UK/EU applicants (for fee purposes) applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course delivered at BU are eligible to apply.You must be able demonstrate that you are a talented instrumentalist or vocalist, and have been involved in ensemble activity.To be considered for the major award you will need to have reached at least Grade 8 of the Associated Board or the equivalent level in your main instrument/voice. As well have an academic grounding in music, such as A-level or Grade 8 theory.In your application you must demonstrate how you wish to develop musically, as well as academically.

Application Procedure

Apply via online form available from our website.

The deadline for applications is 6 January 2016 for January entry and 18 November for September entry.

Late applications may be considered if there are funds remaining.

If your application is shortlisted you'll be invited to an audition. We'll let you know the outcome in principle two weeks after you auditioned. Your award will not be formally approved until you hold an unconditional firm offer (UF).

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-funding/undergraduate-scholarships/uk-student-scholarships/bu-music-scholarships


(Scholarship)

BU Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship - 10 Awards

To which courses does this scholarship apply?
All full-time BU postgraduate (Master's) courses.How is this scholarship paid?
Scholarships are paid by a reduction in tuition fee.How many scholarships are awarded annually?
10 (two for each eligible country).Other information about this scholarship
Recipients of this scholarship cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship.
Financial need will not be taken into consideration.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% of tuition fee payable for the standard duration of the course (excludes repeat units).

Eligibility

Students resident in the following countries at the time of application who are classified as 'overseas' for fee purposes are eligible to apply.China
India
Nigeria
South Korea
Thailand
Turkey
USA
VietnamYou must be able to demonstrate an exceptional academic profile (equivalent to UK First Class honours degree as assessed by NARIC).You must be able to demonstrate an outstanding personal profile as evidenced in your personal statement.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2016. You can apply at the same time or after you have submitted your course application form.

Successful applicants will normally be informed within one month of the closing date. You award cannot be formally approved until you hold an unconditional firm (UF) offer.

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/bu-vice-chancellors-international-scholarship


(Scholarship)

Academic Excellence Scholarship (International) - 20+ Awards

To which courses does this scholarship apply?
All taught full-time postgraduate (Master's) courses delivered at BU.How many scholarships are awarded annually?
There is no limit to the number of scholarships that we can award. If you meet the criteria then you will receive the award.How is this scholarship paid?
The scholarship will be paid by a reduction in your tuition fee.Other information about this scholarship
Recipients of this scholarship cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,500

Eligibility

For courses starting in September 2016 and January 2017.
Postgraduate (Master's) applicants are eligible to apply. Excludes BU International College students studying for a Pre-Masters.You must have an outstanding academic profile, relevant to your course, as follows:Upper second-class honours (2i) classification, or above, from a UK undergraduate Bachelor's degree, with a minimum of 65% or overseas equivalent

Application Procedure

There is no need to complete an application form. Once we've received your results, we'll let you know (via email in the first instance) if you've been successful.

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/academic-excellence-scholarship-international


(Scholarship)

sportBU EXCEL Sports and Performance Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The sportBU EXCEL Sports and Performance Scholarship is designed to provide support to athletes studying at BU and to help you develop within your chosen sport. Although there is no monetary value attached to this scholarship, it does provide the following:Free gym membership
Free training programme design
Free strength and conditioning training
Free weekly 30 minute sports massage treatment
Free chiropractic treatments.
Any athlete who competes in a sport within the BUCS domestic programme is eligible to apply for this scholarship and must be able to represent BU at a varsity level, as well as to compete at national or international level for a club, if applicable.

Value of Scholarship(s)

No monetary value

Eligibility

Any UK, EU or International applicants applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course.

Application Procedure

Apply via online form available from our website.
For courses starting in January 2016.
We are finalising details for our September 2016 Sports Scholarships and will publish the full details and application process in January 2016

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-funding/undergraduate-scholarships/eu-student-scholarships/sportbu-excel-sports-performance-scholarship


(Scholarship)

BU Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship - Most-promising applicant - Single Award

The BU Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship for the most-promising postgraduate applicant is available to any students from the above-named countries who are coming to BU to study a full-time taught postgraduate course.Only one of these scholarships is awarded each year and you need to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement - an overseas equivalent of a UK first-class Honours degree - as well as an exceptional personal profile in your personal statement.The scholarship is paid in the form of a full tuition fee waiver. If you are successful, you will be informed within one month of the closing date for applications. Your scholarship can't be formally approved until you hold an unconditional firm (UF) offer with BU.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver

Eligibility

Any international applicant from China, India, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, the USA or Vietnam who is studying a full-time taught postgraduate course at BU
You cannot receive this scholarship if you have applied for a distance learning course
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship

Application Procedure

Apply via online form available on our website.

Further Information

http://http:/www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/bu-vice-chancellors-international-scholarship-most-promising-applicant


(Scholarship)

BU Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship - Most promising postgraduate (Master's) applicant - Single Award

The BU Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for the most-promising postgraduate (Master’s) applicant will be awarded to a UK or EU student who has already completed an undergraduate degree with us.As well as assessing your academic achievements, the awarding committee will also consider the personal statement you submit with your application. This needs to demonstrate that you are an outstanding applicant for a BU postgraduate course.If you are successful, you will be notified within one month of the closing date for applications. Your scholarship can't be formally approved until you hold an unconditional firm (UF) offer with BU.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver

Eligibility

Any UK or EU student who has completed an undergraduate degree at BU and who is applying for postgraduate study at BU
You must achieve the academic entry requirements for your chosen course
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholars

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 July 2016

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/uk-eu-student-scholarships/bu-vice-chancellors-scholarship-most-promising-postgraduate-masters-applicant


(Scholarship)

BU Santander Scholarship (External Scholarship) - 5 Awards

As BU is a member of the Santander Universities group, students from any of the above-listed countries applying for a full-time postgraduate taught degree are able to apply for the BU Santander Scholarship.In your application, you need to display an outstanding academic profile (UK first-class Honours degree, or equivalent), and submit a personal statement detailing what your career goals are, and how your postgraduate course will help you meet these and develop your future career.All the applications will be assessed and successful students will be notified within four weeks of the deadline passing. You can’t receive any other scholarship in addition to the BU Santander Scholarship and it will be awarded in the form of a reduction in your tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Any student resident in one of the following countries at the time of submitting scholarship application: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA and Qatar
Any student applying for a full-time taught postgraduate degree at BU. You cannot receive this scholarship if you are applying for a Postgraduate Diploma or distance learning course
Students must be able to demonstrate an exceptional academic profile (UK first-class Honours degree, or equivalent, as assessed by NARIC)
You cannot be in receipt of any other scholarships.

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 May for September entry and 18 November for January entry.

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/uk-eu-student-scholarships/bu-santander-scholarship-external-scholarship


(Scholarship)

Colombia Partnership Scholarship - 20+ Awards

his scholarship is available to any student applying for a full-time taught Master’s course at BU who is currently studying at any of the above-listed institutions.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% tuition fee reduction (25% tuition fee reduction if you pay the remainder in full before or at

Eligibility

Any student resident in Colombia currently studying at EAFIT, Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia (EIA), Universidad del Rosario or Universidad de La Sabana who is applying for a full-time taught Master’s at BU
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarships.

Application Procedure

If you meet the criteria and hold an offer of a place on a BU Master's course by 31 May 2016, you will automatically receive this scholarship - you don’t need to apply for it.

Further Information

http://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/colombia-partnership-scholarship



Entry Requirements

A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional experience. Relevant subjects: Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Geographical Sciences.

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