An understanding of Biodiversity and its management is increasingly important. This is reflected in the various employment opportunities with consultancies, local councils, national agencies and voluntary bodies. However what is increasingly becoming an all graduate profession is rarely taught to any depth on undergraduate courses. This Masters programme aims to equip the graduate to work in this area by delivering a cohesive programme comprising interesting and relevant modules whilst also addressing the environmental components of the current school curriculum.
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
Recent graduates are more than welcome to apply alongside experienced conservation workers or those seeking a career change. The aim is to produce students with the skills and knowledge to work in conservation management. Its nature and learning style make the course appropriate for those already working in the voluntary and government sector as well as those working in consultancy. The course is also suited to teachers who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in the environmental and ecological subject areas.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
This Conservation Management course is characterised by its synthesis of the expertise of the field biologist with practical experience of managing habitats allied to a clear theoretical framework. The curriculum underpins this distinctiveness and emphasis is placed on fieldwork, biological identification skills and experience of a broad range of management issues. Extensive fieldwork takes advantage of the various excellent reserves in the area.
WHO WILL BE TEACHING ME?
The course is taught by a small friendly team who have considerable teaching and research experience in the area. Staff have pride in the quality of their teaching, which has been recognised in assessments by the QAA and current students in the National Student Survey. All staff are research active which means that they keep up-to-date with current developments in their areas of interest and pass this knowledge onto their students.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
The course has a variety of assessment methods, aimed to develop the full range of skills and expertise relevant to the subject. These include data analysis, voucher specimen collections, vegetation survey portfolios and management plans. There are no formal exams. Candidates who are successful in all the taught modules without a dissertation submission will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation Management.
WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?
There are various employment opportunities with consultancies, local councils, national agencies and voluntary bodies.