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Conservation Studies MSc
On the MSc in Conservation Studies, you will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of conservation. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of conservation questions and concepts as well as learn applied skills needed for conservation careers.
The MSc in Conservation Studies explores the theoretical and practical aspects of conservation. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of conservation questions and concepts as well as learn applied skills needed for conservation careers.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
As well as a keen interest in conservation, you should have some background in the scientific and mathematical methods that underpin conservation practice – ideally through previous study in a scientific subject involving quantitative analysis. This might be through:
- A secondary school or high-school level qualification (such as a Scottish Higher, A-Level, or International Baccalaureate) in a scientific discipline such as biology, environmental science, geography, or mathematics, or
- Undergraduate-level modules in relevant subjects, or
- Relevant professional experience.
The MSc in Conservation Studies welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
- sustainable development.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring conservation theory and practice.
- What is Conservation?
- Case Studies in Conservation
Optional modules are expected to be offered in the following areas:
- environmental history
- GIS and environmental management
- population biology
- qualitative research methods
- sustainable development
- sustainable fisheries.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
The MSc involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical sessions.
On this MSc, you will:
- learn applied skills needed for conservation careers
- have the opportunity to undertake a research project in collaboration with a conservation organisation and gain first-hand professional experience
- demonstrate professional competencies including critical thinking and creativity, analysis and appraisal, problem-solving and decision making, project management and personal leadership, team working and interpersonal communication.
The University of St Andrews’ global reputation makes its graduates highly valued by employers. The MSc in Conservation Studies provides the subject knowledge and applied skills needed for conservation-related careers in government and public bodies, non-governmental organisations and charities, and the private sector.
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University of St Andrews
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Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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