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.
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.'
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.
Our facilities and our teaching staff ensure you are fully supported in your studies.
Our multi-purpose farms provide demonstration facilities for teaching purposes, land-based research facilities (especially in the area of organic production) and they are viable farming businesses.
- Cockle Park Farm is a 262ha mixed farm facility that includes the Palace Leas Plots hay meadow experiment and a new anaerobic digestion plant that will generate heat, electricity and digestate - an organic fertiliser - from pig and cattle manure
- Nafferton Farm is a 300ha farm with two main farm units covering conventional and organic farming systems. The two systems are primarily focused upon dairying and arable cropping. Both also operate beef production enterprises as a by-product of their dairy enterprises, although the organic system is unique in maintaining a small-scale potato and vegetable production enterprise.
Our modern laboratories provide important teaching and research environments and are equipped with analytical equipment such as HPLCs, GCs, CNS analyser, centrifuges, spectrophotometers and molecular biology equipment. Our specialist research facilities include:
- a tissue culture laboratory
- plant growth rooms
- a class II laboratory for safe handling of human biological samples
- taste panel facilities and test kitchen
- a thin section facility for soil analysis
We operate closely with other Schools, Institutes and the University's Central Scientific Facilities for access to more specialist analytical services. For work with human subjects we use a purpose built Clinical Research Facility which is situated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital and is managed jointly by us and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- ACE8016 Environment and Habitat Assessment Field Class
- ACE8041 Ecosystem Management
- ACE8042 Biodiversity Conservation: Policy and Practice
- ACE8043 Soil & Land Resources - Assessment and Management
- BIO8069 Geographical information systems and Remote Sensing
- BIO8072 Dynamics of Coupled Human-Natural Systems
- NES8002 Research Dissertation Project
- NES8007 Academic and Professional Skills for MSc
Optional modulesOptional modules
You take optional modules to the value of 10 credits from the following list:
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 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.
Full time: £10,620
Part time: £5,310
Full time: £10,620
Part time: £5,310
Full time: £22,710
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline, such as:
- animal sciences
- environmental sciences
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
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.
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.