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MSc Global Biodiversity Conservation

Course Description

We live in an era of global change that threatens much of life on Earth. Human population growth, habitat destruction, climate change, pollution, agricultural intensification, overfishing and other environmental changes have already caused the extinction of many species and have been suggested by one analysis to have caused the loss of half the world’s wildlife in the last 40 years. In the face of global change, there has never been a greater need for conservation biologists with a global perspective than in the world today.

This MSc will give you advanced knowledge and skills in conservation biology. While the course will cover the challenges and general biology of conservation, it will explicitly aim to provide you with an advanced, global outlook on conservation and with the opportunity to learn about some of the positive approaches by which conservation biologists can address the challenges facing nature.

The degree will deliver an outstanding learning experience that will give you the knowledge and skills to become the conservation biologists with global outlook that are needed to address the challenges of environmental change that are facing the world today.


The taught modules are assessed via a variety of methods including essays, reports and presentations. The project is assessed with a dissertation.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience.

Course structure

The MSc in Global Biodiversity Conservation consists of core modules and options during the autumn and spring terms including field courses, followed by an independent research project in conservation biology in the summer term. You study 180 credits of modules across the year.

Autumn term: you take Conservation Skills (15 credits). You also choose Project Proposal (15 credits) • Masters Tropical Rainforest Field Course (15 credits) • Science of Climate Change (30 credits) • Environmental Law and Governance (30 credits) • Producing Media for Development (30 credits) • News Research and Writing (15 credits).

Autumn and spring terms: you take Basic and Advanced Conservation Biology (30 credits).

Spring term: you take Rewilding and Ecosystem Services (15 credits). You also choose from Masters Mediterranean Ecology and Behaviour Field Course (15 credits) • Current Topics in Life Sciences (15 credits) • Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation (30 credits) • International Environmental Law (30 credits) • Tropical Rainforests: Biogeography and Conservation (15 credits).

Summer term: Masters Research Project (60 credits).

Career Paths

Our MSc graduates will have developed a strong theoretical and practical understanding of conservation biology, a diverse skillset, and an international perspective on conservation, including the positive approaches that can be used to address conservation challenges, placing them in a strong position to continue on into a career in conservation.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/careersandalumni

Visit the MSc Global Biodiversity Conservation page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or upper second class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject such as biology, ecology, zoology or conservation.

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