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MSc Environmental Conservation and Management

Course Description

Programme Description

Managing our environments in a sustainable way will help balance these concerns with our social and economic problems. Environmental conservationists have the knowledge and skills that is required to meet the many challenges our environment faces; this helps enhance societies by assisting decision makers in various disciplines. This postgraduate programme addresses environmental conservation in both a practical and holistic way, which is supported by geographical and governance academic knowledge, while also delivering a platform from which this knowledge can be disseminated to interested parties.

Candidates are welcomed from all social and educational backgrounds. Applicants will normally be expected to have a good degree in an associated subject. Students will be considered if vocational experience, relevant to the course, has been acquired and academic credibility demonstrated.

The School of the Built and Natural Environment has delivered this Environmental Conservation and Management programme since 1998

The School of Built and Natural Environment prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment, with personal attention afforded to all students. Delivering a successful and enjoyable learning experience is at the very core of our vision to produce first class professionals with high employability skills.

We are situated in an urban / maritime environment very close to Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and with many interesting buildings and cultural assets nearby. We are in close proximity to magnificent natural and physical resources of south, mid and west Wales and the University and its staff play a major role within the conservation and heritage management of these and other similar national assets.

As class sizes are generally less than 15, this engenders a culture and environment that listens to and supports individual student needs. Our teaching is informed by research in subjects that extend right across our portfolio, suitably supplemented by external experts from around the world. We believe in engaging with employers to develop, deliver and review courses that enhance our graduate’s employability credentials in a manner that is central to our vision for students, the city and region. This is further reflected by recent postgraduate success stories that include employment in international organisations, entrepreneurship and community engagement. Our commitment is demonstrated by recent investment in facilities, staff and engagement, which means the future for our alumni, is stronger than ever. We truly look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve your personal goals and ambitions.

Programme Content and Structure

The pathways differ in the choice of taught modules in Part I and in the nature of the project in Part II of the MSc programme.
The programme consists of two parts: a taught part consisting of 10 modules, followed by a second part (the project) requiring in-depth research into a problem, the equivalent of 5 modules.

Part I

Part I consists of ten taught modules, at the end of which a student may be eligible for the award of a Post-graduate Diploma. Each module will involve 120 hours of student time, 75 hours of which will be self-study.

Part 1 Core Modules:

Environmental Planning and Policy
Strategic Management for Environmental Conservat
Sustainable Development
Research Methodology
Environmental Law

Part 1 Elective Modules:

Energy: Issues and Concerns
Waste and Resource Management
Geographical Information Systems
Coastal Zone Management
Habitat Management
The Workplace Environment
Electives Outside Programme

Additional Electives:
Facilities Management and Sustainability
Work Based Critical Reflection

Part II

Part II, the Major Project, is an in-depth investigation into a particular area. This element of the programme will be equivalent to 5 modules. The outcome of this project may take a variety of forms.


The taught modules in Part I are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination. The project in Part II is normally assessed through the submission of a dissertation and an oral examination.

Full-time mode

The full-time scheme runs over a calendar year. The 10 taught modules in Part I will be studied over two 15 week semesters. Each semester includes an allowance for revision and assessment of a module. Part II (the project) will involve regular tutorials with members of the project supervisory team.

Part-time mode

A student enrolled on the part-time MSc programme would require a minimum of two years to achieve the award.

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements for admission to the MSc programme are:

1. an Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline

2. for graduates of non-UK universities, sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the programme (e.g. TOEFL 550 or equivalent)

The nature of the programme is such that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered.

Equivalent Qualifications

Equivalent qualifications will be considered for entry onto the programme. For example, a candidate with a good HND, together with at least five years relevant experience would be considered. The candidate would be expected to provide evidence to support his/her application.

Mature Candidates

Mature candidates (over 25 years old) who lack the normal entry qualifications are welcome to apply. Each candidate will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evidence of personal, professional and educational experience will be sought, to provide indicators of the ability of an individual to satisfy the requirements of the programme. All students accepted onto the programme must be eligible for matriculation under the University of Wales regulations.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MSc Environmental Conservation and Management page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Study Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Available to UK/EU students on a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Priority given to students enrolling in the first year of their postgraduate study. Awarded as fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to UK/EU students on a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Priority given to students enrolling in the first year of their postgraduate study. Awarded as fee reduction.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/application-forms/
the application deadline for 2015/16 is 4th September 2015

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Honours degree or equivalent

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