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Conservation Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The MSc in Conservation Biology offered by the University of Kent provides you with a knowledge base and the practical experience to address issues relating to biodiversity conservation and biodiversity management.

About

Modern conservation science transcends the traditional boundaries of biology, ecology and environmental management. Today’s managers of biodiversity need to be versed in a broad range of specialist fields, from population ecology and human community development, through to international wildlife trade and the economics of conservation, as well as the latest techniques in endangered species recovery.

The MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent is an interdisciplinary pathway that integrates all of these aspects of conservation biology. It is designed for wildlife managers with practical experience in international conservation work looking to acquire formal scientific training, as well as students with academic qualifications looking to develop a career in conservation.

Why study with us?

  • One-year taught Master's programme
  • Teaching which integrates natural and social sciences
  • Formal lectures and seminars supported by residential courses and day trips including to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey, previous fieldtrips have also taken place in Scotland and Malta (these change annually)
  • Mix of formal academic training and practical field conservation experience
  • Research-led pathway taught by academics rated as world-leading and internationally excellent who are members of DICE
  • Benefit from DICE's extensive links with international conservation organisations

Careers

The School has a very good record for postgraduate employment and academic continuation. DICE programmes combine academic theory with practical field experience to develop graduates who are highly employable within government, NGOs and the private sector.

Our alumni progress into a wide range of organisations across the world. Examples include: consultancy for a Darwin Initiative project in West Sumatra; Wildlife Management Officer in Kenya; Chief of the Biodiversity Unit – UN Environment Programme; Research and Analysis Programme Leader for TRAFFIC; Freshwater Programme Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Head of the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC); Community Based Natural Resource Manager, WWF; Managing Partner, Althelia Climate Fund; and Programme Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Conservation
  • Research Methods for Social Science
  • Population and Evolutionary Biology
  • Ecotourism and Rural Development Field Course
  • Economics of Biodiversity Conservation
  • Conservation and Community Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no fixed deadline for home/EU students, but we strongly recommend you apply no later than three months before your intended start date.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    62

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

  • A good second class honours degree, or better, in a relevant subject; a good honours degree in other subjects together with relevant practical experience.
  • In exceptional circumstances we admit applicants without a first degree if their professional career and experience shows academic achievement of a high enough standard.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    20180 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20180 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    12940 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12940 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part-time fees:
  • UK/EU: £6470
  • Overseas: £10090

Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Scholarships:

The University of Kent has a scholarship fund of over £11 million to support our taught and research students including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location-specific scholarships, philanthropic awards and discounts and scholarships for Kent alumni.

Loans:

Eligible students can borrow up to £10,906. 

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