Postgraduate

Biodiversity Conservation Ecosystem Management MSc

Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management MSc

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

You study biodiversity conservation as applied ecology in the context of land use - agriculture, forestry and amenity. Focusing on wildlife conservation in the UK and Europe, you develop practical skills in plant identification and habitat assessment from a wide range of upland and lowland areas.

Your studies focus on wildlife conservation with a particular emphasis on agriculture, forestry and amenity. Elements of the course have strong links with national, statutory and non-governmental conservation organisations. Practical management skills are gained through involvement in management problems on nature reserves and field courses that provide experience in species identification.

The course has compulsory and optional modules, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests. Through the compulsory modules you will develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as:

  • understanding the range of temperate zone ecosystems and wildlife species
  • developing a critical awareness of contemporary conservation issues and research insights
  • understanding scientific survey, habitat assessment and experimental techniques and the ability to identify common species from selected habitats
  • the development of effective management plans for species and ecosystems
  • understanding complex biodiversity and ecosystem management issues
  • advanced knowledge and understanding of the influence of environmental, management and land-use factors on ecosystems and wildlife species

You also undertake a major conservation project and are supported through training in designing and delivering a project based on a laboratory or field-based investigation. After choosing your topic you collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis.

Our staff

You benefit from being taught by lecturers who are industry experienced and research active. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on soil science, plant science and ecology, spanning a range of scales from: pot – plot – farm – landscape.
Strategic research embraces work on:

  • soil quality
  • rhizosphere function
  • plant-soil feedback
  • soil-carbon dynamics
  • nutrient cycling

Applied research addresses issues of:

  • climate change mitigation (including biofuels)
  • ecological (organic) farming systems
  • low-input crop systems
  • agriculture-environment interactions

Dr Simon Peacock is a teaching fellow and Degree Programme Director of Biodiversity Conversation and Ecosystem Managements MSc.
'My research is centred on how ozone pollution can influence the diversity and community structure of plants of conservation importance both individually and within a community.'

Delivery

This course is taught in a block format with one 6 week block and then smaller 2 week teaching blocks.

You will be taught through lectures, seminars, practical and field classes, tutorials, case studies and small group discussions. You will be expected to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed through written examinations, coursework, field class reports, presentations and your final major project.

You can also study through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme which is a framework that enables us to award postgraduate level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.

Student profile

I’m having the opportunity to see and understand the demands conservation organisations are faced with by learning about all these new aspects of conservation.

Steven's student profile
Steven L

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Compulsory modules

* The field course element of this module runs in the semester 2 exam period – field based intensive week

Optional modules

You take optional modules to a value of 20 credits - (each one is 10 credits) -  by either taking one from each section below or, alternatively. taking both modules from section B only:

Section A

Section B

* Module runs after week 12 – field based intensive week.

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MSc

UK

Full time: £10,200
Part time: To be confirmed 

EU

Full time: £10,200
Part time: To be confirmed 

International

Full time: £21,600

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline, such as:

  • animal sciences
  • biology
  • environmental sciences
  • ecology

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Dr Simon Peacock
Postgraduate Office
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8332
Email: afrd-pg@ncl.ac.uk