Conservation Biology at University of Derby - UCAS

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Course summary

As the number of species facing extinction continues to grow at an alarming rate, conservation biologists are in greater demand than ever before. This MSc is your pathway to a worthwhile career tackling one of society’s most pressing concerns.

  • Deepen your understanding of the scientific principles underpinning conservation biology and explore practical solutions to environmental problems
  • Study a course recognised for its high academic quality: this MSc is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences
  • Gain the practical experience you need for a fulfilling career in conservation or environmental management
  • Undertake a training-based placement to build the skills and qualities most valued by employers
  • Conduct fieldwork and research in some of the country’s outstanding natural environments: the Peak District National Park is right on our doorstep
  • Take a global perspective: in the past, our students have studied in Costa Rica as part of our Tropical Conservation Biology module
  • Be inspired by our highly qualified and experienced teaching team who are conducting influential national and international research
Our MSc Conservation Biology combines strong theoretical knowledge and practical abilities. You’ll explore the reasons why so many species are endangered and develop vital skills in the management of wildlife and environments. Building on a firm understanding of theory, you’ll find practical solutions to environmental management problems. In the field and the laboratory alike, you’ll have the chance to hone your practical skills in everything from species identification to ecological surveys, sampling methods to statistical analyses.


Modules may include: conservation biology in principle and practice; ecological surveying; identification for conservation biology; analytical methods for ecologists; critical issues in the environment; environmental impact assessment; environmental policy and law; environmental pollution management strategies; habitat management; tropical conservation biology; wildlife conservation; practical training-based placement; independent scholarly activity.

Assessment method

You’ll be taught through lectures, guest lectures, workshops, practical sessions in the field and laboratory, and tutorials. There is also the opportunity to go on site visits. The majority of modules are assessed by coursework rather than by exams. A wide range of assessment methods are used, from oral presentations and poster displays, to scientific and professional reports.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Environmental Sciences, Institute of

How to apply

International applicants

You will need an undergraduate degree (lower second or above) in a relevant subject or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above

Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree (lower second or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject. International students should have the above or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £1070* Module
Northern Ireland £1070* Module
Scotland £1070* Module
Wales £1070* Module

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Conservation Biology at University of Derby - UCAS