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Habitat Restoration and Conservation (Managing the Environment MSc)


Course Description

We offer ‘Habitat Restoration and Conservation’ as a pathway in the internationally recognised MSc in Managing the Environment. This MSc provides modern and professional training in Environmental Management in areas including EIA, Environmental Auditing, Law and Professional Skills. Students selecting this pathway opt to acquire additional field surveying and professional skills in Habitat Restoration and Conservation.

The Habitat Restoration and Conservation pathway allows you to specialise in this key area of environmental management. This will involve field based case studies where you will interact with consultants and environmental professional followed by a dissertation in this specialist area of environmental management. The pathway also offers the option of a three month placement in Swedish Lapland, in collaboration with Umea University (for location see http://www.polar.se/en/abisko).

This MSc programme combines vocational and professional training in Habitat Restoration and Conservation including state-of–the-art technological advances. It delivers an innovative, fully integrated programme, at the cutting edge of the subject. You will acquire the practical skills, field experience and knowledge necessary for a career in this area. This is a skills-based course taught over one calendar year comprising both core and pathway-specific modules. By joining our Masters scheme you will become a member of a dynamic team, working together towards a sustainable future.

Examples of dissertation topics undertaken by past students:
* Surveying British gardens for wild seed stocks
* Assessing carbon losses and gains by Arctic ecosystems
* Understanding the population ecology of the mountain beetle
* Using earthworms to restore habitats

What our students say about the course and location:
"This was a very professional course"
"It is a very adaptable course and for me has secured interviews for good positions"
"“I think doing the MSc was a fantastic way to gain a good grounding in a range of environmental matters."
"I was given the chance to work with great people and on great projects"
"Aberystwyth itself is a great town. It’s full of friendly people, things to do and an absolutely amazing coastline."

Course keywords: Ecology, Animal, Plant. Community, Ecosystem, Habitat, Conservation

Visit the Habitat Restoration and Conservation (Managing the Environment MSc) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jamie

20.png Jamie self funded his MSc via part‐time work. He joined the MSc because he was “serious and passionate about a career in the environmental sector”. This MSc gave him that “distinct advantage against BSc students”. He particularly liked how the course “integrated real/current environmental issues and research theory”. The transferable skills that Jamie took from the course to his work place included “time management, presentation, report writing and research skills, along with awareness of current environmental issues”. After completing the MSc Jamie worked as a research technician at Aberystwyth University and then as an Environmental GIS consultant for a local company. He then completed a PhD and now works as an Environmental consultant.

(Student Profile)

Jenny

Jenny self-funded her MSc, she took a year working following her BSc. She felt that “the MSc was a fantastic way to gain a good grounding in a range of environmental matters". During the course she learnt about "environmental law, EIA as well as practical skills in survey and lab work“. Jenny loved Aberystwyth - "it is great coastal location and everyone is so friendly". She also enjoyed the travel associated with the course - "I particularly liked my period spent in Sweden, it was a great place to do part of my study". The transferable skills that Jenny took from the course to her work place included “critical analysis skills and evaluating information and dissemination to a range of users”.
Immediately after leaving the course Jenny got a job at the University of Bedfordshire in their Quality Assurance office. She then joined the Open University on a European wide public outreach project.

(Student Profile)

Natalie

Natalie was fortunate to have her MSc tuition fees paud for by the James Panytfedwen Foundation. Remaining costs were self‐funded and supported by a part‐time job. Natalie felt that the MSc helped her "improve knowledge and understanding of a wide range of environmental issues and learn how to apply them". At the same benefitting from "improved analytical ability and team work skills as well as independent study skills”. She loved Aberysywyth, "the community and location and being so close to the sea and mountains". The transferable skills that Natlie took from the course to her work place included “initiative, team working skills, analytical skills, time management and organisational skills”.

Following completion of the MSc Natalie was appointed by the RSPB as an Information Assistant at a Peregrine viewing site at Symonds Yat Rock in Gloucestershire. She then moved to Newport City Council where she is their
Biodiversity in Schools Officer.

(Student Profile)

Rowan

Rowan self-funded his MSc via part time work and his photography. Rowan decided to take the MSc because "there are so many BSc graduates out there - you need the edge on them if you are to be competitive in securing work in the Environmental sector“. He particularly appreciated the “support form staff on the course, dissertation support, the local area and atmosphere. Overall it was all very professional”. The transferable skills that Rowan took from the course to his work place included “working and learning about different environments. I am a marine biologist who now works in a forest and climate change”. After completing the MSc, Rowan secured a position "managing a small team of six persons working on fragment forest European research programme with one of the largest banks in the world HSBC and the NGO Earthwatch".

(Student Profile)

Sophie

After leaving Aberystwyth I spent 3 months doing voluntary work with Middlemarch Environmental Ltd and was subsequently offered a position as a full time member of staff in January 2008. After spending a year with the company I was promoted from an Ecological Project Officer to an Ecological Consultant. I now specialise in conducting environmental surveys for BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments as well as a number of protected species surveys including great crested newt, bat and badger.


(Scholarship)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography or closely related discipline. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study...case-by-case.

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