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MSc/MRes Biodiversity and Conservation

Course Description

At Leeds we believe biodiversity can only be managed and conserved when it can be measured and interpreted properly. Our programmes are distinct from similar courses offered in the UK in their concentration on the biological principles underlying biodiversity, its assessment and management. They are also unusual in the breadth of options available and the ability to combine more academic topics with ‘hands-on’ practical conservation.

These programmes are suitable for graduates wishing to enter a career in conservation or to prepare for a research studentship. They are also suitable for those with practical conservation experience wishing to improve their knowledge of biological processes and advance their qualifications. The programmes provide an understanding of the biological principles and institutional framework underlying biodiversity and its conservation. They also provide a core body of analytical skills and experience of research, laying the groundwork for careers in academia, government and non-government bodies. In combination with the more practical options are available, this provides a unique breadth of training.

Students may study for an MSc or MRes. The course content for the MRes is similar to the MSc, but with greater emphasis on research projects. Our conservation internship ('sandwich year') allows students to gain academic credits for work related to biodiversity and conservation.

The programmes are made up of modules that add up to 180 credits, with a mix of compulsory and optional modules. Teaching methods include project work, field courses, lectures, practicals, tutorials and workshops.

Research projects are the single most important component of the two degrees. The range of project topics is large and diverse, covering applied, empirical and theoretical subjects. They have been carried out in over twenty countries so far, and the number increases every year. Some example titles and project descriptions are available on the website.

We see great value in the learning opportunities offered by practical field courses and offer two optional field courses as part of the course. These are often one of the highlights of the programme for many students. See our website for more information on the Mediterranean and African Ecology Field Courses.

Course details: http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/gradschool/biocons
Student profiles: http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/gradschool/biocons/mnuProfiles.php

Visit the MSc/MRes Biodiversity and Conservation page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Student Profiles

Biological Sciences International Scholarships Scheme - 20+ Awards

Academic criteria: To be awarded as determined by the Faculty International Scholarships Committee. To receive a Faculty of Biological Sciences Scholarship all students must meet all the following conditions: Hold an offer of a study place and commence a programme of study in the Faculty of Biological Sciences in September 2014 and be fully registered on 1st December 2014.
Be a self-funded full-time student paying full overseas-rated fees.
The scholarship will be paid in the form of a deduction from the tuition fee charged by the University.
No separate application is necessary-your application will enable us to consider you for the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Faculty of Biological Sciences offers scholarships of £2000 to overseas Masters students commencing a programme of study within the faculty in September 2014. This scheme is open to students of all nationalities. It does not apply to students paying Home/EU fees.

Application Procedure

All applicants will be considered via their application to the University. There is no application form.

Applicants should normally apply for a programme of study within the Faculty by 1 June. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

Further Information



Biological Sciences - scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Information on all scholarships available can be found online.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Please see below.

Application Procedure

Eligibility for scholarships and bursaries will vary according to personal circumstances. Please visit our website for further information.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in a biological science subject

Course Fees

2016-2017: MSc: £8,000 (with Africa field course £10,000) MSc International fees: £19,000 (with Africa field course £21,000)

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