MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation (Part time)
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MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation provides a flexible course
structure suitable for students who wish to acquire the skills
necessary for a range of careers in conservation and applied
ecology. The programme aims to provide you with interdisciplinary
training forming an ideal platform either for continuation to
doctoral research or for direct access into conservation related
The course starts with a field course. You will take a combination of taught modules and you will also work on an individual research project, often overseas. In addition to core modules in ecological survey methods, current issues in conservation, research skills for ecologists and statistics, you wi…
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The MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation provides a
flexible course structure suitable for students who wish to acquire
the skills necessary for a range of careers in conservation and
applied ecology. The programme aims to provide you with
interdisciplinary training forming an ideal platform either for
continuation to doctoral research or for direct access into
conservation related employment.
The course starts with a field course. You will take a combination of taught modules and you will also work on an individual research project, often overseas. In addition to core modules in ecological survey methods, current issues in conservation, research skills for ecologists and statistics, you will be able to choose from a broad range of optional modules, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), practical conservation and work placement, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, biodiversity conservation and human society and understanding global environmental change.
Conservation biologists and ecologists in the Schools of Biological and Environmental Sciences and leading conservation organisations conduct most of the teaching, however the faculty staff in the School of Development Studies also add important expertise in human development and sustainability issues.
In addition to in-depth exposure to global conservation issues the course provides training in a range of transferable skills and will provide you with an opportunity to establish valuable contacts with potential employers through short and long term work experience and research interaction with a range of national and international conservation organisations.
Examples of some recent research projects conducted by students on this MSc course include:
- The vulnerability of birds to climate change (with Birdlife International)
- Mandrills in Gabon: current status and threats (with the Wildlife Conservation Society)
- Microhabitat and dietary preferences of Telfair’s skink on Round Island: implications for translocation (with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation)
- Nest-site selection and poaching in Yellow-headed Amazon parrots (with the World Land Trust)
- Crab as indicators of habitat quality (with Nature Seychelles)
“I found the MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation to be
an excellent course to help develop my career. The diverse range of
modules allows anyone to mould the course to their interests, while
the core classes ensure a sound grounding in the whole process of
planning, fundraising for, and running a research
Joe Hawes Former student
Course Organiser:Dr. Diana Bell
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- Information for New Students
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
- IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 (minimum 18 in listening, 21 speaking, 19 writing and 20 reading)
- PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start
Other tests such as TOEIC and the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.
INTO UEA and INTO UEA London run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (INTO UEA Norwich) or email@example.com (INTO UEA London).
- 90% of research activity classified as internationally leading, excellent, or recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
- Teaching of the highest quality; rated “Excellent” in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment.
- Consistently ranked in the top five for overall student satisfaction amongst mainstream English universities (UK National Student Survey).
- Research and teaching supported by an impressive array of cutting edge in house facilities and a range of well equipped modern laboratories.
- Part of the Norwich Research Park, a major international centre for plant, microbial, food and health science.
- Close collaboration with scientists from the Sainsbury Laboratory.
Our Open Days will give you the opportunity to experience the University of East Anglia's unique campus atmosphere.Fees and Funding Tuition Fees 2013/14
- UK/EU £7,000
- International £15,400
- International applicants applying to this course can be considered for one Faculty of Science half fees scholarship or up to four £1000 scholarships. The scholarship deadline is 1st April 2013.
Faculty of Science Scholarships
Students wishing to apply should submit an essay. You may choose a Biologist of your choice and answer the following question in 1000 words: 'What are the major contributions of (your chosen Biologist) to biology'? Essays should be emailed to the Admissions Office. Please ensure you include your full name, the course you have applied to, and your applicant number in your email.
For more information please contact the Biology Postgraduate Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).