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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 - 20+ Awards

For courses starting in September 2017 or January 2018.The Academic Scholarship recognises outstanding academic achievement among our postgraduate applicants. To qualify for this award, you need to demonstrate an excellent academic profile that is relevant to your course.If you are enrolling on any full-time taught postgraduate course at BU (including CPE, LPC and PG Dip Legal Practice), or a Master’s by Research, you will automatically be awarded the scholarship, provided that you meet the above requirements. The scholarship is paid in the form of a reduction to your tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

As a minimum, you need an upper second-class honours (2i) from a Bachelor’s degree (or an overseas equivalent), or CPE with a merit profile.
Any UK or EU 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
You cannot be in receipt of any other scholarships.

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded

Further Information

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


(Scholarship)

BU Music Scholarships - 15 Awards

For courses starting in September 2017 or January 2018.
Some of the money you’re awarded will go towards regular music lessons for your main instrument or voice with one of the university’s tutors, but you can use the remainder to see your favourite artists in concert, buy new music for your collection or even to pick up a new outfit to wear on stage - whatever fuels your musical passion.There are two types of music scholarships available - major award and minor award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,150 (major award) or £450 (minor award)

Eligibility

You must be able to demonstrate that you are a talented musician or vocalist and that you have been involved in ensemble activity
Any UK, EU or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at BU

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January. Late applications may be considered if there are funds remaining.

Further Information

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


(Scholarship)

BU Sport Scholarship - 20+ Awards

For September 2017 or January 2018 entry.The BU Sport Scholarship is available to high level sporting 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 coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses or/or support services.You must demonstrate excellence in your chosen sport, and be part of a Regional, National and/or International squad and compete at that level. Athletes receiving a scholarship will ideally represent BU in the BUCS programme (League and Individual), as well as themselves and/or their club at regional, national or international level. Individual athletes will also need to be competitive with top performers within the BUCS programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 to £5,000

Eligibility

You must be a high performing sportsperson and have the desire to continue to develop in the sporting arena, as well as academically.
Any UK/EU or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course delivered at BU.

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January.

Further Information

http://https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-funding/undergraduate-scholarships/international-student-scholarships/bu-sport-scholarship


(Scholarship)

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

For courses starting in September 2017.The scholarship is paid in the form of a full tuition fee waiver.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver

Eligibility

You need to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in your undergraduate studies, as well as an exceptional personal profile in your personal statement
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 online by 31 May 2017.

Further Information

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


(Scholarship)

Chevening Scholarship (External Scholarship) - No. of awards TBC

For September 2017 entry.A full Chevening Scholarship includes: tuition fee waiver
travel to and from your home country
an arrival allowance
the cost of an entry clearance (visa) application
a grant for thesis or dissertation
an excess baggage allowance
a monthly personal living allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver

Eligibility

Any international student applying for a full-time taught Master's degree at BU who is a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of application and who intends to return there at the end of the period of study.

Application Procedure

Apply online.The deadlines are country specific but the application window is usually August each year for September entry in the following year.

Further Information

http://https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/chevening-scholarship-external-scholarship


(Scholarship)

Academic Excellence Scholarship (International) - 20+ Awards

For courses starting in September 2017 or January 2018.The Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship for international students is designed to recognise outstanding academic achievement.You need to be enrolling on a full-time taught postgraduate course delivered at BU. This includes Master’s by research, CPE, LPC and PG Dip Legal Practice, but excludes distance-learning courses, Postgraduate Diplomas and certain courses delivered by the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,500 (tuition fee reduction)

Eligibility

To qualify for the Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship (International), you need a minimum of 65% in your Bachelor's degree, or an upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university, or a CPE with a merit profile for entry to LPC (Legal Practice Course)
Any international applicant for a full-time postgraduate course, excluding Postgraduate Diplomas or distance learning courses
If you're applying for the PG Dip Legal Practice, and meet the criteria, you are eligible for this award
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarships.

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

Further Information

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


(Scholarship)

BU Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship - 10 Awards

For courses starting in September 2017.In addition to your academic achievements, you will also need to showcase an outstanding personal profile through your personal statement in the application form.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction

Eligibility

It is open to any students applying for a full-time postgraduate course with BU who achieves a high level of academic study in their undergraduate studies.
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 online by 31 May 2017.

Further Information

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


(Scholarship)

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

For courses starting in September 2017.This scholarship is available for full-time taught postgraduate courses, excluding Postgraduate Diplomas, in the Faculty of Science & Technology.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction

Eligibility

When you apply, you need to demonstrate an outstanding academic record in relation to your chosen course and hold a minimum of a UK upper second-class honours (2i) degree, or an overseas equivalent
Any applicant for a Faculty of Science & Technology Master’s full-time degree who qualifies as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes
Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas are not eligible for this award
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship.

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 May 2017.

Further Information

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


(Scholarship)

Colombia Partnership Scholarship - 20+ Awards

For September 2017 entry.If you meet the criteria and hold an offer of a place on a BU Master's course by 31 May 2017, you will automatically receive this scholarship - you don’t need to apply for it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% fee reduction

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

Automatically awarded.

Further Information

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



Entry Requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent in any discipline that includes an element of biology and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

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