The MSc Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management course focuses on the relationships between living organisms and the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, coupled with the interactions that result from natural and anthropogenic processes.
On the Environmental Biology course you will benefit from advanced training in the interpretation of local and global environmental issues, field and theoretical aspects of biology and ecology, and in analytical techniques. You will also develop the skills necessary to work confidently in vocational areas such as conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, monitoring and education, and foster an objective, scientific and realistic approach to environmental biological issues that you may have to face in a professional capacity.
Graduates from the Environmental Biology course go on to work for government agencies such as CCW, Environment Agency, English Nature, Scottish Heritage, Fisheries Research Services, CEFAS. Other organisations include zoos, wildlife parks and reserves, national parks, environmental departments, research and development of SMEs as well as large companies. Graduates also go on to do postgraduate research.
Modules on the Environmental Biology: Conservation & Resource Management MSc typically include:
Core Science Skills and Research Methods:
The scientific method
Experiment design and presentation skills
Library and internet resource searching
Conservation of Aquatic Resources:
Conservation in practice
Trade-offs and constraints
Monitoring and planning
Term papers in Environmental Biology:
In-depth reviews of an area in Environmental Biology of particular interest to you
Environmental Assessment and Management:
Environmental impact assessment
Exploitation of natural resources
Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
Survey techniques (field-based)
Remote sensing of the changing environment:
Satellite Earth Observation
Image acquisition for environment and society
Theory, practice and hands-on experience
Geographical Information Systems:
Geography and Demographics
Key skills using GIS
Practical skills in ESRI ArcGIS software
“I’ve spent four years as a student at Swansea University
, three years as an undergraduate studying Marine Biology and a year as a postgraduate undertaking the MSc in Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management. Whether studying or partying I can honestly say I had a fantastic time the whole way through! It was through my undergraduate study that I realised how amazingly diverse the marine ecosystem is, but also how vulnerable it can be and the level of exploitation it endures. This prompted me to undertake the MSc, which furthered my knowledge in many aspects of conservation and environmental issues around the world on sea and land. With my experience and expertise gained from studying at Swansea I have secured a job working with WWF Cymru in Cardiff as Marine Policy Officer where I am helping work towards a sustainable future for the Welsh marine environment.”
BSc Marine Biology 2008
MSc Environmental Biology: Conservation & Resource Management 2009
Marine Policy Officer, WWF Cymru, Cardiff
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Biosciences at Swansea are ranked 7th in the UK and TOP in Wales. 93.8% of our research outputs were regarded as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) and Swansea Biosciences had the highest percentage of publications judged ‘world-leading’ in the sector. This is a great achievement for the Department, for the College of Science and indeed for Swansea University
All academic staff in Biosciences are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture.
The entry requirements for the Environmental Biology: Conservation & Resource Management MSc is a minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent in biological sciences or related field.IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent English test.