The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at Kent is a leading international research and training centre dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems around the world. DICE was founded in 1989 with a clear mission: to break down the barriers between the natural and social sciences in order to inform progressive approaches to conservation.
One component of this work is to train a new, interdisciplinary generation of conservationists who think innovatively about the challenges that lie ahead. As undergraduates at DICE, you will be part of a dynamic and growing community of conservationists whose work spans all major regions of the world.
DICE offers two undergraduate programmes: a BSc programme in Wildlife Conservation and a BA in Environmental Studies. The BSc in Wildlife Conservation provides comprehensive training in natural science aspects of conservation (including genetics, ecology, wildlife management and species reintroductions) together with training in the human dimensions of conservation (for example, environmental economics, international biodiversity regulation, the politics of climate change and work with rural communities).
The programme includes a significant lab and field-based component. Additionally, there is an opportunity to conduct a research project at home or abroad at the end of the second year. Recent locations include Africa, Russia and the Peruvian Amazon.
The conservation and environmental sector is an expanding area for employment opportunities. DICE graduates go into many kinds of work, ranging from technical posts involving ecological surveying, habitat management and species conservation to work with local people through environmental education and community extension to higher-level jobs in planning and policy.
Potential employers include local, regional and national UK government departments, voluntary organisations and the private sector, as well as international conservation and environmental organisations. Many also go on to postgraduate studies.
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
DI303 - Survey and Monitoring for Biodiversity
DI305 - Biodiversity
DI311 - The Green Planet
SA303 - Environmental Issues: Social Science Approaches
SE308 - Skills for Anthropology and Conservation
Possible modules may include:
DI505 - Conceptual Frameworks in Conservation Science
DI508 - Skills for Conservation Biologists (Field trip)
DI528 - Conservation Social Science: Methods and Research Design
DI530 - Spatial Analysis: Principles and Methods
Possible modules may include:
DI522 - Research Project
DI518 - Contemporary Conservation Science
DI520 - Conservation and Communities
DI521 - Species Conservation
DI510 - Global Biodiversity
DI501 - Climate Change and Conservation
DI503 - Evolutionary Genetics and Conservation
SE542 - Human Ecology
SE556 - Social Sciences in the Classroom
SE580 - Primate Behaviour and Ecology
SE582 - Comparative Perspectives in Primate Biology
SO670 - Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering, Platinum Award
DI527 - Practical Guiding and Interpretation
DI531 - Human Wildlife Conflict and Resource Competition
DI532 - Creative Conservation
DI535 - Tropical Ecology and Conservation
LW585 - Environmental Law I
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
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