The programme offers a wide range of options, allowing for personalised courses of study that lay the groundwork for further academic research or professional development in the field.
You’ll study core skills modules that provide practical training and exercises in a diverse range of transferable skills applicable to ecological research. These include a residential weekend at Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre in the Yorkshire Dales, fieldwork first aid and risk assessment, public understanding of science, preparing a grant application, biodiversity sampling in Yorkshire and freshwater invertebrate surveys.
The research component is one of the most important and potentially fulfilling parts of the degree. Projects cover a wide range of topics and usually include around six to eight weeks of practical work. A significant number of students are based overseas for their project.
If you study part-time, the programme will last for two years and you’ll study around half of the total number of modules each year.
MSc or MRes – what’s the difference?
MRes students have fewer taught modules, but carry out two major research projects rather than one. Most students taking the MRes are planning to probably go on to do a PhD or have an MSc degree already. Many of our MSc graduates also subsequently do PhDs, but initially prefer to widen their skills base through the additional taught elements that are available. An increasing number of students treat the MSc as a conversion course, after having taken degrees in non-biological subjects.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
The programmes are made up of modules that add up to 180 credits, with a mix of compulsory and optional modules. Teaching methods include project work, field courses, lectures, practicals, tutorials and workshops.
- Biodiversity and Conservation Skills I 10 credits
- Biodiversity and Conservation Skills II 10 credits
- Biodiversity and Conservation MSc and MRes Summer Project 60 credits
- Community Ecology 15 credits
- Conservation Genetics 15 credits
- Advanced Statistics 10 credits
- Habitat Management 10 credits
- Introduction to GIS Skills for Ecologists 10 credits
- Population Dynamics 10 credits
- Biodiversity and Conservation Internships 15 credits
- Practical Conservation with the National Trust 10 credits
- Masters Mediterranean Ecology Field Course 15 credits
- Plant Identification 15 credits
- Insect Identification Skills 15 credits
- Conservation Skills 5 credits
- GIS and Environment 15 credits
- Environmental Economics and Policy 15 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Biodiversity and Conservation MSc Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information on typical modules, read Biodiversity and Conservation MSc Part Time in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
We provide the very best learning resources and academic support and our teaching draws on the University’s world-class research base and highly-qualified professionals from industry, non-governmental organisations and charities.
You’ll experience wide range of teaching methods including formal lectures, interactive workshops, problem-solving, practical classes and demonstrations.
Through your research project and biodiversity and conservation modules, you’ll receive substantial subject-specific training. Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop you into a professional who is able to think independently, solve problems, communicate effectively and demonstrate a high level of practical ability.
MSc students carry out one research project. The range of project topics is large and diverse, covering applied, empirical and theoretical subjects. Project areas can be your choice, although they must have scientific merit. Projects have been carried out in over twenty countries so far, and the number increases every year. This year alone we have projects in Belize, the Seychelles, Austria, Portugal and China.
There are many opportunities to develop valuable practical skills via modules such as Practical Conservation with the National Trust, Insect Identification, Plant Identification, via overseas field courses within Europe and Africa (see field courses) and through research project work.
Leeds is one of the best locations geographically for students wishing to study Biodiversity and Conservation. It is within easy reach of three areas of great natural beauty and dramatic scenery; Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District – providing you with a whole host of project and fieldwork opportunities.
We use a variety of assessment methods: practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations.