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The Conservation MSc at UCL is widely recognised as the leading programme for aspiring nature conservation professionals. This highly successful degree programme saw its first students graduate in 1960, and nearly 80% of its graduates have gone on to secure posts related to conservation.
The programme is strongly interdisciplinary and engages with environmental, social and policy dimensions. It has a vocational orientation, with residential field classes providing first-hand experience of practical conservation challenges. At the same time, the programme provides the scientific rigour needed for evidence-based analysis and understanding of the natural environment, which also forms a sound foundation for a career in academia.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma - four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) full-time nine months, part-time two years is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate - four core modules (60 credits) full-time 12 weeks, part-time two years is offered.
- Scientific Basis for Freshwater and Coastal Conservation
- The Rural Matrix
- Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis
- Conservation and Environmental Management
Optional modules (indicative list):
- Marine Conservation
- Coastal Change
- Environmental GIS
- Changing Landscapes - Nature, Culture, Politics
- Changing Landscapes - Nature Conservation
- Aquatic Macrophytes
- Politics of Climate Change
- Biological Indicators of Environmental Change
- Non-biological Indicators of Environmental Change
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and field studies, including a residential field study to a coastal site in Norfolk and a residential field study in Snowdonia, as well as the option to join a two-week field-class to an overseas destination. Assessment is through coursework, essays and the dissertation, which includes a presentation of dissertation results.
Fieldwork includes a residential field study to a coastal site in Norfolk and a residential field study in Snowdonia, as well as the option to join a two-week field-class to an overseas destination.
Fieldwork costs may be incurred but these are dependent on module selection; please contact the department for further information on individual modules.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applications with relevant professional experience in conservation or environmental management will also be considered.