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MSc in Environmental Management (Conservation)

Course Description

The University of Stirling has offered an innovative postgraduate course in Environmental Management with a Conservation specialisation since 2013, leading to the qualification of Diploma or MSc. The course provides the scientific knowledge and approaches for conservation science and practice and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas via the selection of relevant modules and the research project. Areas of potential specialisation include ecosystem services, environmental economics, conservation conflicts, habitat and biodiversity management and application of GIS and remote sensing.

There is a compulsory residential course in field techniques, which takes place in the Cairngorm National Park. The MSc course is equally relevant to recent and mature graduates seeking a career in conservation science, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Our course gives students:
-An understanding of the science that underpin conservation and sustainability.
-An understanding of the ecological, economic, social, political and legal frameworks for conservation.
-A comprehensive training in quantitative, theoretical, analytical and practical and generic skills.

Key information

-Degree type: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc.
-Study methods: Full time, Campus based.
-Duration: MSc 1 Year, PG Diploma 9 months, PG Certificate 4 months.
-Start date: September.
-Course Director: Dr Nils Bunnefeld.

Course objectives

Graduates from this course will have gained knowledge in the broad field of conservation science, including collecting and analysing relevant data for sustainable decision-making and transferable skills relevant to future employment at national and international level.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Natural Sciences provides a distinctive and distinguished academic arena that explores the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological, environmental and aquatic systems.

The Faculty brings together four divisions:
-Institute of Aquaculture.
-Biological and Environmental Sciences.
-Computing Science and Mathematics.

World-leading original, significant and rigorous research is found in all of our academic disciplines. Our approach is interdisciplinary and research aspires to be cutting-edge, collaborative and excellent – internationally recognised for its quality and relevance.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Faculty participated in six units of assessment where it excelled in a breadth of disciplines:
-1st in the UK in Aquaculture.
-4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science.
-3rd in Scotland (18th in the UK) for Psychology.
-One of only four UK universities with Psychology research rated as having 100% world-leading impact.

Other course requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17.

For more information go to English language requirements: https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

Visit the MSc in Environmental Management (Conservation) page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Merit Scholarship - 10 Awards

Postgraduate Merit Scholarship
The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student with a First Class Honours degree a £2,000 Scholarship to study full-time on any taught postgraduate course or £1,000 for part-time study.This Scholarship will be awarded in two instalments at the end of each of Semester.To find out more on how to apply, please contact: [email protected]
Please note that award of this Scholarship cannot be combined with any other Scholarship or fee waiver awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000 for f/t and £1000 for p/t


Open to any UK or European Student with a first class honours degree

Application Procedure

email [email protected]

Further Information



Santander Scholarships - 6 Awards

The University of Stirling is pleased to offer five £5,000 and one 5000€ taught postgraduate scholarships funded by the Santander Universities scheme. The Scholarship is open to those students wishing to study any full time taught Masters programme at the University of Stirling and are available for one year only
Scholarships are paid by a reduction in tuition fee.

10 June 2014

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000 and $5,000


Eligibility: Applicants who are permanently resident in the following countries may apply: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Russia, UK, Uruguay, USA.

Candidates must have, or expect to obtain the international equivalent of a UK upper second class degree at undergraduate level.Recipients of this scholarship cannot be in receipt of any other University of Stirling scholarship
Financial need cannot be taken into consideration.

Application Procedure

All eligible applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer will automatically be considered for these awards. To be considered for the award you must have accepted an offer for a place on any University of Stirling Masters programme by 10 June 2014.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants from other disciplines with a 2:1 or 1st but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. See course description for further admission details.

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