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Ecology and Conservation, MSc

Course Description

This course is unusual. Unlike our other Masters course (in Invertebrate Ecology & Conservation) there is only one compulsory module (the Research Project). Provided there are no timetable clashes you can put together a course that suits you from the list of modules that are available from the list below. The course may be particularly attractive to people in employment who want to tailor the course to their specific job-related needs and can use the extra time a part-time course gives to negotiate around timetable clashes. The ‘negotiated learning’ module, available as an option on the ‘Invertebrate’ course, is also available on this course allowing you to tailor the material even more closely to your personal interests. Naturally this kind of choice means that you have to be very careful: if you have a particular career direction in mind you might have to be quite careful in your choice of modules – we work closely with you to make sure that you do make that right choice.

Course content

The content of the course depends on the qualification you want.

The MSc in Ecology & Conservation consists of a Research Project (worth 60 credits) and 7- 8 modules (adding up to 120 credits), the only compulsory module is the research project which means that you can choose any module from the following list provided the module is running and there are no timetable clashes (part-time students will find it easier to access a wider choice than full-time students):

Greening the Grey: biodiversity, buildings and sealed surfaces (15 credits)
Ecological Survey and Identification Skills (15 credits)
GIS for Ecology and Conservation (15 credits)
Managing Freshwater Habitats (15 credits)
Managing Terrestrial Habitats (15 credits)
Negotiated Learning Module (15 credits)
Professional Practice for Ecologists (15 credits)
Invertebrate Conservation Management (15 credits)
Invertebrate Taxonomy with (residential) Field Course (30 credits)
Research Placement for Ecologists (15 credits)
Residential Field Course (15 credits)
Work Experience for Ecologists (15 credits)
The Postgraduate Diploma in Ecology and Conservation is awarded for the completion of 120 credits (7-8 modules) but does not include the Research Project.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Ecology and Conservation is awarded for the completion of 60 credits (3-4 modules) from the list above (excluding the Research Project).

To give a feel for the importance of the research project: the Research Project is ‘worth’ one third of the total credits for the MSc.

To gain the MSc you need 180 credits
To gain the Postgraduate Diploma you need 120 credits
To gain the Postgraduate Certificate you need 60 credits

Visit the Ecology and Conservation, MSc page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)

International Merit Scholarship


Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2 degree in a biological, environmental or geographical subject and/or accredited professional qualification or vocational experience in relevant areas.

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