MSc Environmental Management (Conservation)

Seeking a career in conservation science? Our innovative Masters course provides the scientific knowledge and transferable skills for a career in conservation.

Environmental Management (Conservation)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date October or February
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

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We’ve offered our innovative Environmental Management course with a specialisation in Conservation since 2013. With this Masters degree, you’ll gain the scientific knowledge and learn the approaches for conservation science and practice.

You’ll get the opportunity to specialise in particular areas with the selection of relevant modules and in your research project. Areas of potential specialisation include:

  • ecosystem services
  • environmental economics
  • conservation conflicts
  • habitat and biodiversity management
  • application of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing

You’ll get plenty of practice in environmental conservation and management field skills, as there’s a compulsory residential field trip which takes place in the Cairngorm National Park. We also offer a two week field course on tropical ecology and conservation in Gabon. Find out more about the Gabon field course.

This course is relevant to both recent and mature graduates who are seeking a career in environmental management and conservation science, either in governmental or non-governmental organisations. Graduates from this course are knowledgeable in the broad field of conservation science. They have skills in collecting and analysing relevant data for sustainable decision-making, as well as transferable skills relevant to future employment at national and international level.

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Top reasons to study with us

Our course will give you:

  • an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin environmental management
  • an understanding of the ecological, economic, social, political and legal frameworks for conservation
  • a sound training in the relevant practical, investigative, research and all-encompassing skills that are the most sought after by employers

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Some of our key facilities include:

  • 11 specialist laboratories supporting a wide range of research interests from ecology to analytical chemistry to thin section and micromorphology
  • Stirling Controlled Environment Facility: a world-class facility for conducting experimental research investigating the impacts of climate and climate change

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 80% of our research impact in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences and 100% of our research impact in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Our research and impact positions us as leaders in the area of Environmental Protection and Biological Conservation. We are organised into two research groups:

  • Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
  • Environmental Systems, Change and Protection

We specialise in studies of human interactions with the environment, and conservation science and sustainability is one of our core strengths. We have leading researchers working on various aspects of evidence-based conservation, including:

  • habitat management and restoration
  • population genetics of endangered species
  • tropical community ecology and impacts of invasive species

Our areas of research include:

  • human-wildlife conflict (cranes)
  • forest management (pine marten)
  • urban ecology (bats),
  • the reintroduction of species (beavers)

We also work on a diverse range of study systems such as African and South American forests, bushmeat and local livelihoods across Africa.

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