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Environmental Conservation, PGDip/MSc

Course Description

This programme is for individuals already working in environmental conservation who seek to broaden or update their knowledge, and for graduates who wish to become professionally involved in conservation and environmental management.

Professional and conservation organisations have advised on the content of this degree, ensuring strong links between the programme and the needs of the conservation industry and it has received two awards for 'Best Practice' from the CIEEM. The programme is structured around six compulsory courses that integrate theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary conservation and environmental management.

Students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of modern-day conservation and environmental management, and gain a practical understanding of ecological techniques and strategies. They also acquire the skills to critically apply environmental management techniques and methods to practical situations and to understand decision making processes and the underlying criteria and values. In addition, they gain specific knowledge and skills through their chosen optional courses.

During June to September students undertake a research project in a specialist area of their choice, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There is a high component of practical work including fieldtrips.

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide a broad-based understanding of the current issues facing practitioners

- To equip graduates to develop a career in the environmental sector

- To enable students to develop a portfolio of skills and specialist knowledge of a particular area during the research project.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/ees/envcons

Environmental Science

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary combination of social, natural and physical science. At its core is the idea of sustainable environmental management. This involves developing an understanding of the physical landscape and how society impacts on the environment. Solutions to environmental issues are investigated from a diversity of perspectives, including scientific, political, legal and philosophical positions.

What you'll study

Principles and Practice of Environmental Conservation (15 credits)
Environmental Law and Policy (15 credits)
Restoration Ecology (15 credits)
Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits)
Techniques in Applied Ecology (30 credits)
Introduction to GIS (15 credits)
Environmental Conservation Project (60 credits)
Options include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Ecology and Conservation of Estuaries and Coastal Zones and Managing Tourism in Protected Areas (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)


Students are assessed through assessments, coursework and examinations that are practically focused using real-world examples and case studies. Portfolios demonstrating competencies are an important component and provide a tangible record to show potential employers.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by and maintains strong links with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) (http://www.cieem.net/).

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers with conservation organisations in the UK and overseas, including central and local government, environmental consultancies, non-governmental organisations, business, the media and environmental education.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the Environmental Conservation, PGDip/MSc page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Abdullahi Hassan Gana

“I studied environmental biology during my first degree which gave me a little knowledge about the general aspect of the environment. But undergoing the MSc Environmental Conservation at the University of Greenwich opened my eyes and also helped me understand more about our environment and what’s happening to it, plus the possible ways to mitigate these.”

(Student Profile)

Jackie Kumadoh

"I had an enjoyable time at the University of Greenwich, the teaching and learning environment were just right and the lecturers were exceptionally supportive especially to us international students. I am really glad I got all the support I needed from the course which made me more marketable in the job arena upon completion.

I would recommend the programme to people working in or with a career goal of being an environmental conservationist as it's a great start for reaching greater heights and achieving career goals."

(Student Profile)

Gozie Chuka-Okeke

“It has been an absolutely wonderful experience doing environmental conservation at the University of Greenwich. The course has provided me with the skills needed to tackle various environmental issues. I have certainly learnt a lot from the course and I'm looking forward to taking that knowledge forward into the future”

(Student Profile)

Upthala Wiejemanna

“Greenwich was a valuable opportunity. The lecturers are dedicated and passionate about their subjects, and their enthusiasm is infectious. The range of activities and different assignment types including field visits, participation in international conferences, workshops, surveys, presentations, portfolios and critical reviews as well as essays and exams helped me to develop broad and genuine knowledge and skills-base.

I am now working at the university designing management plans, using conservation and mapping software packages such as CMS and ArcGIS.”

(Student Profile)

Ashrafub Nessa

“I completed my MSc thesis comparing organic agriculture in the UK and Bangladesh. I have now returned to Bangladesh and am teaching at Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, one of the best public universities of Bangladesh. Here, I am serving as a Lecturer of Department of Environmental Science and Resource Management. I strongly believe I picked the right course at the University of Greenwich!"


Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An appropriate first degree, normally at 2.1 or above, in an ecological, scientific or environmental management discipline OR relevant personal/professional experience. Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system. Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but should contact the Programme Leader via .

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