As a response to these new market requirements Cranfield University
believes an integrated landscape ecology approach is the way forward to understand the effects of landscape structure and dynamics on the conservation of biodiversity, provision of ecosystem services and sustainability of rural livelihoods. The use of new technological capabilities such as geospatial technologies and spatial models provide a strong quantitative and spatial background that combined with an integrated view of the environment will provide students with the opportunity to think across disciplines and offer integrated solutions to current environmental problems. The integrated view of the environment includes an understanding of ecological conservation and natural resource management issues in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
As a result of the National Ecosystem Assessment in the UK, there is new demand for land management professionals with quantitative and integrative landscape capabilities, who will be required to cover topics from ecosystem services, biodiversity and agriculture. Worldwide, 90% of ecosystems are managed by humans and now international attention is focusing on landscape level strategies to address the integration between biodiversity and natural capital for the provision of ecosystem services.
The MSc course will be taught in three sections: taught modules (40%), a group project (20%), and an individual research project (40%). The taught modules are typically delivered in one-week blocks between October and February. The teaching methods include debates, practical sessions, field visits, lectures, seminars, and presentations. The Group Project is a group-based activity typically undertaken between February and April. The project is designed to integrate knowledge, understanding and skills from the taught modules in a real-life situation. For the individual research project, each student is allocated a supervisor. Guidance sessions are provided as to what is required from the thesis and oral presentation.
The group project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project, while working under academic supervision. Success is dependent on the integration of various activities and working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. The themes of the group project will focus on a quantitative and integrative approach to think across disciplines and provide integrated solutions to current environmental problems.
Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Tutor. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in the environmental sector.
This comprises of eight modules, a group project and an individual project.
Aerial Photography and Digital Photogrammetry
Land Resource Planning
Image Processing and Analysis
Aquatic Ecosystems in the Landscape
Environmental Resource Survey
Taught modules MSc 40%, PgDip 66.6%. Group project (dissertation for part-time students) MSc 20%, PgDip 33.3%. Individual project MSc 40%.
Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.
Takes you on to a wide-range of exciting career possibilities in the UK and overseas with government and international organisations working in the areas of conservation of biodiversity, provision of ecosystem services, natural resource management and sustainability of rural livelihoods. This course also provides an ideal grounding for research positions and PhD programmes.
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/integrated-landscape-ecology.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent; in a science or engineering subject. Candidates with other qualifications will be considered according to experience.