12 months
25500 GBP/year
14500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Island Biodiversity and Conservation programme at The University of Exeter is delivered by a consortium of leading professionals and academics from across the globe and accredited by the University of Exeter.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key facts

  • You will study in a beautiful island with rich biodiversity and have substantial fieldwork opportunities in most modules, including modules run out of JICAS Island field school and research centre
  • Comprises modules that target both research and practical conservation skills
  • Opportunities to complete the dissertation module in a number of different islands, including Hawaii, Greece, Canary Islands, Madagascar and Mauritius to name a few


Employer-valued skills this course develops

The aim of the degree is to train future leaders, managers and policy makers in island biodiversity and conservation. Through integral collaboration with key players in the field of biodiversity and conservation, this MSc ensures the training you receive will prepare you for immediate employment both in the UK and abroad.

Careers Services

Our careers teams at the Career Zone at the University of Exeter can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.

After you graduate

This Island Biodiversity and Conservation programme from the University of Exeter also prepares you for a career in various academic positions and/or PhD study.

These include:

  • Pre-requisite and gateway to PhD
  • Academic positions in leading organisations and enterprises
  • Environmental and conservation consultancy services
  • Management positions in global conservation NGOs
  • Management positions in public conservation government ministries, organisations and departments
  • Management positions in other third sector conservation organisations and institutions
  • Technical positions in conservation and sustainability consultancies, and international bodies such as and IUCN
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fieldwork Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Island Biogeography
  • Island Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Evolution on Islands
  • Invasion and Extinction on Islands
  • Global Conservation Strategies and Legislation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Whilst we don’t have a formal deadline for application, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We close to applications wishing to join us for study in 2022/2023 on Friday 16 September. We advise international applicants to submit a complete application by mid-July.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject is required, although a 2:2 with relevant experience will be considered.
  • Applicants with significant, professional work experience seeking an academic qualification or the opportunity to enhance skills or knowledge in this field will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 GBP per year during 12 months.

UK fees per year:

  • £14,500 full-time; £7,250 part-time
International fees per year:
  • £25,500 full-time; £12,750 part-time

Living costs for Exeter

649 - 1087 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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Island Biodiversity and Conservation
The University of Exeter


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