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MSc in Conservation Biology


Course Description

The MSc in Conservation Biology provides you with a knowledge base and the practical experience to address issues relating to biodiversity conservation and biodiversity management.

Modern conservation science transcends the traditional boundaries of biology, ecology and environmental management. Today’s managers of biodiversity need to be versed in a broad range of specialist fields, from population ecology and human community development, through to international wildlife trade and the economics of conservation, as well as the latest techniques in endangered species recovery.

Our MSc in Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary pathway that integrates all of these aspects of conservation biology. It is designed for wildlife managers with practical experience in international conservation work looking to acquire formal scientific training, as well as students with academic qualifications looking to develop a career in conservation.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/273/conservation-biology

Why study with us?

- 1 year taught Master's programme

- Teaching which integrates natural and social sciences

- Formal lectures and seminars supported by residential courses and day trips including to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey, previous fieldtrips have also taken place in Scotland and Malta (these change annually)

- Mix of formal academic training and practical field conservation experience

- Research-led pathway taught by academics rated as world-leading and internationally excellent (REF 2014) who are members of DICE

- Benefit from DICE's extensive links with international conservation organisations

About The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE)

Conservation programmes offered by the School of Anthropology and Conservation are delivered by members of DICE.

DICE is Britain’s leading research centre dedicated to conserving biodiversity and the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people. It pursues innovative and cutting-edge research to develop the knowledge that underpins conservation, and sets itself apart from more traditionally-minded academic institutions with its clear aims to:

- Break down the barriers between the natural and social sciences in conservation

- Conduct research that informs and improves policy and practice in all relevant sectors

- Disseminate knowledge and provide expertise on conservation issues to stakeholders

- Build capacity in the conservation sector through research-led teaching and training

- Strive for sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity conservation that benefits people

Our staff have outstanding international research profiles, yet integrate this with considerable on-the-ground experience working with conservation agencies around the world. This combination of expertise ensures that our programmes deliver the skills and knowledge that are essential components of conservation implementation.

Course structure

The MSc consists of six months of coursework and five months of research. The optional modules allow you the flexibility to devise a pathway that suits your specific interests, with an appropriate balance between natural and social sciences.

Modules

Please note that not all modules necessarily run every year. Please contact the School for more detailed information on availability.

DI876 - Research Methods for Social Science (15 credits)
DI877 - Population and Evolutionary Biology (15 credits)
DI1001 - Interdisciplinary Foundations for Conservation (15 credits)
DI884 - Research Methods for Natural Sciences (15 credits)
SE857 - Advanced Topics in Primate Behaviour (20 credits)
DI836 - Integrated Species Conservation and Management (15 credits)
DI841 - Managing Protected Areas (15 credits)
DI849 - Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (15 credits)
DI871 - International Wildlife Trade - Achieving Sustainability (15 credits)
DI875 - Principles and Practice of Ecotourism (15 credits)
DI880 - Conservation and Community Development (15 credits)
DI881 - Advanced Topics in Conservation Ecology and Management (15 credits)
DI883 - Special Topics in Conservation (15 credits)
DI885 - Ecotourism and Rural Development Field Course (15 credits)
DI888 - Economics of Biodiversity Conservation (15 credits)
DI889 - Leadership Skills for Conservation Managers (15 credits)
DI892 - Current Issues in Primate Conservation (15 credits)
DI893 - Business Principles for Biodiversity Conservation (15 credits)
DI998 - Dissertation - Conservation (60 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is carried out primarily through coursework with written examinations for some modules. The research dissertation is written up in the format of a paper for publication.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- produce postgraduates equipped to play leading roles in the field of international conservation and biodiversity management

- develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and practice

- provide you with opportunities to gain a interdisciplinary perspective on conservation issues through collaborative exchange between DICE and the wider University

- develop your competence in applying theoretical and methodological skills to the implementation of conservation practice and biodiversity management

- develop your critical and analytical powers in relation to policy formulation and data analysis and interpretation

- provide you with the skills to adapt and respond positively to change

- develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills necessary for professional development

- enhance the development of your interpersonal skills

- assist you to develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and team-working.

Careers

The School has a very good record for postgraduate employment and academic continuation. DICE programmes combine academic theory with practical field experience to develop graduates who are highly employable within government, NGOs and the private sector.

Our alumni progress into a wide range of organisations across the world. Examples include: consultancy for a Darwin Initiative project in West Sumatra; Wildlife Management Officer in Kenya; Chief of the Biodiversity Unit – UN Environment Programme; Research and Analysis Programme Leader for TRAFFIC; Freshwater Programme Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Head of the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC); Community Based Natural Resource Manager, WWF; Managing Partner, Althelia Climate Fund; and Programme Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MSc in Conservation Biology page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Samuel Mutisya

2330.jpg Sylvester's first degree was a BSc in Environmental Science. He has now completed an MSc in Conservation Biology and is working as the Wildlife Management Officer for Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) has an excellent reputation in the field of conservation biology, so I knew by studying here I would benefit from the wealth of expertise in the Institute and would also be able to build useful networks within this discipline and in the other related disciplines on offer here.

I enjoy the space and freedom I have to express myself, especially with regard to non-academic affairs. The University library services are very efficient and this is a great help to all the students, there is also excellent support from both the support and academic staff at DICE; they are very approachable and always willing to listen and help. All of the students here are hard working and keen to learn which makes for a great atmosphere.

As a postgraduate you are expected to be able to work independently. You delve more deeply into your subject and this demands greater personal commitment to do further research on the topics you are studying. Working at this level broadens your understanding of the issues – you look at the bigger picture on conservation issues and develop your knowledge of the causes and effects of current problems, which makes it possible for you to come up with more effective solutions.


(Scholarship)

International Scholarships for Taught Masters Students - CLOSED - No. of awards TBC

The University has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world and is pleased to be able to offer a number of scholarships for entry at taught master's level.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000

Eligibility

•Applicants for postgraduate taught study at the University of Kent may ask to be considered for one of the University's International Scholarships.
•In order to be eligible for consideration for a scholarship, all of the conditions 1 to 3 below must have been satisfied:
1 an application must have been made for a degree course at the University of Kent (any location of study is permissible)
2 the applicant must have received an unconditional offer of a place on such a degree course.
3 the University must have received confirmation of the applicant's acceptance of the offer.

Application Procedure

For details on making an application please visit the website.

Further Information

http://https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/international/international_scholarships_PG.html


(Scholarship)

Hong Kong Alumni Scholarship - Deadline 31/05/16 - 3 Awards

The scholarship aims to assist academically outstanding students from mainland China and Hong Kong to study at the University of Kent.The scholarships will be awarded to student admitted to study at the University of Kent. The value of the scholarship will cover full payment of the annual tuition fees plus part payment of accommodation and living expenses.Applicants should be either passport-holders of the People’s Republic of China or permanent residents of Hong Kong not currently registered on an undergraduate course at the University of Kent. Applicants should have received an offer of a place at the University of Kent for 2015 entry three postgraduate students for 1 year of study on taught postgraduate degree courses.Criteria: Candidates for the scholarships should normally fulfil the following requirements:
have been assessed as overseas for fee purposes
have made an application for a postgraduate (taught) degree course at the University of Kent (any location of study is permissible)
have received an unconditional offer of a place on such a degree course.
the University must have received confirmation of the applicant's firm acceptance of the offer by the deadline date.
Students who choose Kent as their insurance place will not be eligible for the scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)

full payment of the annual tuition fees and contribute towards payment of accommodation and living

Eligibility

The scholarship is available to full-time postgraduate students enrolling either on a postgraduate taught programme or a postgraduate research programme (3 years maximum). See scheme details for eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

For details of how to apply please visit the website.

Further Information

http://https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/hongkong_alumni.html


(Scholarship)

Santander Scholarships - CLOSED - No. of awards TBC

Santander is offering scholarships of £5,000 each to support students from Iberian and Latin American countries studying for a full-time taught or research Master’s degree at the University of Kent. The Scholarships:
•are for the forthcoming academic year only (2014-15), the start date cannot be deferred;
•are for one year only (12 months full-time);
•may be used at any of the University of Kent’s locations – Canterbury, Medway, Brussels, Paris, or Athens.CriteriaThe awards are not available to students that already have, or are already studying for, a Master’s degree. Candidates must:
• be a national of one of the 11 countries of the Iberian and Latin American Santander Universities network: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Portugal, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela;
• have graduated or be studying at one of partner universities within the Santander Universities network: Argentina, Brazil , Chile, Columbia, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay;
• be resident in one of the countries within the Santander Scheme.
• have been offered a place to study a full-time Master’s degree at Kent;
• have achieved a First or a 2:1 or equivalent at undergraduate level.
• In addition to excellent academic achievement, demonstrate excellence in an area of their life; this may include: ◦extra-curricular activities, such as sports, music, managing events or societies;
◦significant achievement gained either in their working life or through volunteering and service to others.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

See scheme details for eligibility critera.

Application Procedure

For application details please visit the website

Further Information

http://https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/Santander.html



Entry Requirements

Entrants must meet one or more of the following: • A first class or good second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. • A good honours degree in other subjects together with relevant practical experience. • Applicants may also be admitted without a first degree if their professional career has been such as to allow them to pursue the course and study and achieve the necessary academic standard.

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