Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation at Cardiff University

What is the Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation at Cardiff University?

Our Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation is a full-time, one-year course that has been developed to train the ecologists and conservationists of the future.

The world’s ecosystems are facing significant challenges – from a growing human population and habitat loss, to plastic pollution and a changing climate – and, to meet these challenges, we need innovative and adaptable scientists who can develop conservation strategies with real impact. Combining scientific theory with practical research in the field, our MSc aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle major global issues and make a ‘real world’ difference.

The course is delivered by leading academics who work across the world conducting cutting-edge research and addressing key global challenges, and is explicitly forward-looking, covering new technologies and ‘horizon scanning’ for future ecological threats. From the rivers of South Wales to the Bornean rainforest, our MSc covers the major conservation issues affecting habitats across the globe.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The programme is aimed at anyone who is passionate about the environment, and who wants to build a skills base to pursue a successful career in ecology and conservation-related fields.

It is suitable both for recent graduates who are just beginning their career journey, and for those working in conservation roles and who want to further develop their skills and knowledge in this constantly-evolving area.

In light of this, we welcome applications from graduates in biology, ecology, zoology, botany, environmental sciences, and related fields, as well as from people who have relevant professional experience in conservation or environmental management.

What types of skills will people learn from the Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation?

This course offers training in core conservation areas, such as wildlife surveys, environmental impact assessments and species management plans. Students will learn how to identify current and emerging threats to species and ecosystems, and will develop the necessary skills to tackle these threats with effective and scalable solutions.

There is a major focus on developing practical research skills, including the use of new methods and technologies, such as drones and eDNA, and students can also enjoy extended fieldwork opportunities by choosing a field-based research project, or undertaking a field course in the UK or overseas.

Dr Ian Vaughan – course lead for the Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation at Cardiff University.

What sorts of jobs could people go into following the course?

Our Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation offers excellent training for ecologists and conservationists, who can take on roles in research, practice, policy, consultancy and more. A strong emphasis on practical research skills, combined with coverage of relevant theory, legislation and contemporary conservation science, will furnish students with the scientific knowledge, hands-on experience and adaptability that are highly valued by employers in today’s global job market.

How can people apply or find out more?

Full details of the Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation course, including how to apply, are available on our website,

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