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MSc Invertebrate Ecology and Conservation

Course Description

The course is designed for recent graduates in biological or environmental sciences who are keen on invertebrates and who hope to move into conservation-related careers, and for people currently working in conservation, consultancy, and land management who want to upgrade their professional qualifications. No other specialist MSc course exists on invertebrate ecology and conservation. This course covers freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates, but excludes marine invertebrates

The MSc in Invertebrate Ecology and Conservation consists of a Research Project and 8 modules: Invertebrate Conservation Management; Invertebrate Taxonomy and Specialist Identification; Managing Aquatic Habitats; Managing Terrestrial Habitats;
Habitat Mapping and Geographical Information Systems (GIS); Managing the Consequences of Climate Changeand a Residential Field Course

and either a Work Placement, a Research Placement, Greening the Grey: biodiversity, buildings and sealed surfaces, or Negotiated Learning module.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Invertebrate Ecology and Conservation is awarded for the completion of eight modules (as above) but does not include the Research Project.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Invertebrate Ecology and Conservation is awarded for the completion of four modules from the list above (excluding the Research Project) but must include either Invertebrate Conservation Management or Invertebrate Taxonomy and Specialist Identification.

To give a feel for the importance of the research project: all modules except the Research Project are ‘worth’ 15 ‘credits’, the Research project is rated at 60 credits.

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
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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