M.Sc. On Campus

Biodiversity and Conservation

University of Southampton

12 months
25400 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Prepare for a career as an ecological consultant or conservation manager with the Biodiversity and Conservation MSc course offered by the University of Southampton. This programme draws on our world-class reputation for environmental research and offers an industry-relevant education for highly-skilled environmental scientists.


Course Details

This Biodiversity and Conservation MSc course offered by the University of Southampton will teach you to accurately monitor species diversity, change, population abundance and distribution. You’ll learn how to apply these skills to protect the world’s ecosystems and habitats.

On completing the course, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of

  • the importance of environmental concepts, terms, principles and methods
  • the value using techniques and ideas in different subject disciplines
  • the socioeconomic context of environmental issues and the legal framework through which environmental regulation is facilitated
  • current issues, paradigms and approaches within a specialist subject area of the environmental sciences
  • the contribution of science, engineering or communication to the identification, understanding of environmental issues and concerns
  • the human causes and consequences of environmental impacts, and responses to such impacts
  • general environmental concerns, which may include: biodiversity; environmental limits to economic or population growth; demand for, and consequences of, water resource utilisation; energy and material production and use, including alternatives; air, land and water pollution; climate change; environmental change

You’ll have the chance to apply geographical information systems, modelling and spatial analysis and acquire the interdisciplinary skills required for effective research project management.

Career Opportunities

With this degree you'll have great career potential in local government, the private sector, national and international organisations, as well as research institutions (public and private).

Our graduates have the skills to manage complex problems, work with diverse stakeholders, and understand the challenges of interdisciplinary working. They are sought after for roles in:

  • environmental monitoring
  • pollution control
  • sustainable waste management
  • wildlife conservation
  • ecological management

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Applied Ecology
  • Water Pollution
  • Geographical Information Systems for Environmental Consultants
  • River Basin Management
  • Deep Sea Ecology
  • Global Change Biology
  • Bioenergy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    25400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25400 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £25,400.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Biodiversity and Conservation
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