Cardiff University
Posted: 4 years ago


£9,000 per year (estimated)

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The world is facing unprecedented challenges.

A growing human population, increased habitat loss, and a changing climate are having a significant impact on ecosystems around the globe. To meet these challenges, we need innovative and adaptable scientists who can develop conservation strategies with real impact.

This forward-looking and interdisciplinary course combines scientific theory with practical research in the field, to equip you with the skills and knowledge to tackle major global issues and make a ‘real world’ difference.

From the rivers of South Wales to the Bornean rainforest, our MSc covers the major conservation issues affecting various habitats across the globe. With training in core areas, such as wildlife surveys, biodiversity assessments and species management, you will learn how to identify current and emerging threats to species and ecosystems, and develop the necessary skills to tackle these threats with effective and scalable solutions.

Key features

  • Work with leading academics who conduct cutting-edge research that addresses key global challenges – from pioneering climate change research, to developing action plans to preserve native species.
  • Develop your practical field research skills with core fieldwork modules and an optional extended field course in the UK or overseas.
  • Tailor your studies to your interests; combine core topics with a choice of optional modules, including Science Communications, Water & Life on Earth, and Frontiers in Biosciences.
  • The rich ecology of Wales provides the perfect environment to develop and hone your skills as a field researcher; skills which you can then take with you around the world.

Who is this course for?

Our MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation is suitable for those just setting out on their conservation career, as well as for people already working in conservation who are keen to further develop their skills and knowledge in this constantly evolving area. We welcome applications from graduates in relevant fields, as well as from people with relevant professional experience in conservation or environmental management.

Career prospects

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

How to apply

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