Biodiversity and Conservation at University of Southampton - UCAS

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Course summary

This programme draws on our world-class reputation for environmental research and offers an industry-relevant education for highly-skilled environmental scientists. It 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. 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.


In the first semester, you are required to complete three compulsory modules, and select one other from a wide range of choices. In the second semester, you take two compulsory modules, and select two further optional modules. The range of modules available in both semester is broad and can be tailored to suit your specific interests within this area of expertise. You will also be required to complete the MSc Research Project. Compulsory modules include:Advanced Quantitative Methods, Freshwater Ecosystems. Optional modules include: Bioenergy, Practical Skills in Remote Sensing, Water, People and Environment: Cambodia Field Course, Global Challenges in Biology.

Assessment method

Traditional methods of teaching and learning (i.e. lectures, seminars, small group meetings) will be supplemented with innovative teaching methods, notably case studies, stimulus activities, simulation, experiential project work, and problem-based learning.

How to apply

International applicants

English language requirements: band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Entry requirements

Upper Second Class Honours degree in a science related subject from an approved University. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. Applications are assessed on an individual basis and we encourage candidates with alternative qualifications plus relevant experience in the environmental sector to apply.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4625 Year 1
EU £13176 Year 1
England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1
Channel Islands £4625 Year 1
International £13176 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Biodiversity and Conservation at University of Southampton - UCAS