The interdisciplinary training forms an ideal platform for continuation to doctoral research, for direct access into conservation-related employment or for pursuing careers in a field such as science communication, education or policy development.
You’ll benefit from our strong academic expertise in conservation and ecology, based around UEA’s Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (CEEC) – one of the largest groups of its kind in Europe with strong links to major conservation organisations and institutions such as the BTO, RSPB,CEFAS and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
In the first half of the year, you’ll study core taught modules in ecological survey methods, evidence-based global conservation and statistics, complemented by a broad range of optional modules. These cover topics including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), practical conservation and work experience, evolutionary biology, conservation genetics and statistical modelling using R.
In the second part of the MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia you’ll conduct a 5-month research project exploring some of the most pressing biodiversity issues within an area of your interest – often in collaboration with an external conservation organisation in the UK or abroad. Examples of recent projects include:
- Interspecific competition between translocated species: The case of two island endemic passerines (with Nature Seychelles)
- Exploring the unprecedented recovery of passerines within Rodrigues (with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation)
- Exploring the distribution and inter-specific interactions of the newly discovered Cambodian Tailorbird (with the Wildlife Conservation Society)
- Differences between fallow plots and wet grassland during lapwing chick rearing (with the RSPB)
Many of our research dissertations are subsequently published in peer-reviewed journals (> 60 publications to date) , and this cv-boosting feature of this UEA Masters is a major feature of the success of our alumni in gaining PhD places to continue research. We also greatly encourage presentation of MSc research at conferences.
In addition to in-depth exposure to global conservation issues, you’ll develop transferable skills and establish valuable contacts with potential employers through work experience and research interactions with international and national conservation organisations.
Examples of careers that you could enter include;
- Ecological research
- PhD study
- Ecological Consultancy
- Agriculture and horticulture
- Environmental management and conservation
- Science communication and engagement
More informationVisit official programme website
- Ecological Survey Methods
- Evidence-based Global Conservation
- Multivariate Statistics
- Univariate Statistics
- 12 months
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DisciplinesBiodiversity & Conservation Ecology View 58 other Masters in Ecology in United Kingdom
- Degree Subject Biology-related subject plus evidence of additional conservation experience. First degrees in geography or environmental management are also accepted if these contain a strong ecological component.
- Degree Classification Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent).
- Alternative Qualifications Non-scientists wanting to retrain may take the one year Diploma in Ecology and enter the MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation the following year.
International19800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 19800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA9350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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