Master of Science - Conservation Ecology

1 year
17,350 GBP
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Oxford / United Kingdom
Oxford Brookes University

Program description

For effective conservation, our MSc Conservation Ecology programme develops the professional and field skills, including identification and survey procedures. It will acquaint you with the fundamental ecological ideas that support science-based conservation.

You will create expert reports and evaluations and carry out community and species monitoring. Additionally, you will acquire abilities that conservation practitioners need, such as:

  • knowledge of international and national wildlife legislation
  • planning law and environmental policy
  • IT competencies, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • an understanding of the ecological requirements of different species and the implications of environmental change
  • an ability to statistically interpret field data

The course has two pathways:

  • conservation within the UK/EU
  • conservation at the international level

Graduates of this program typically work for environmental consultancies or agencies, conservation groups, or nonprofits. Some of our past students are currently working for:

  • Environmental Consultants
  • the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • the Environment Agency
  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Natural England
  • Conservation Organisations Overseas

Program structure

EU/UK Conservation Pathway

  • Taxonomy and Identification (20 credits)
  • Ecology for Conservation (20 credits)
  • Ecosystem Degradation and Management (20 credits)
  • Career Development and Research Skills (20 credits)

Optional Modules

  • GIS and Environmental Modelling (20 credits)
  • Procedures and Methods of EIA (20 credits)
  • Molecular Biology (20 credits)
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (20 credits)

International Conservation Pathway

  • Ecology for Conservation (20 credits)
  • International Legislation, Humans and Wildlife (20 credits)
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (20 credits)
  • Career Development and Research Skills (20 credits)

Optional Modules

  • Taxonomy and Identification (20 credits)
  • GIS and Environmental Modelling (20 credits)
  • Genetic and Population Management (20 credits)
  • Conservation Education (20 credits)

FInal Project

  • Research Project (60 credits)

Students also have opportunity to undertake optional Work Placement


  • Tuition Fee - 17,350 GBP

Requirements for applicants

Specific Entry Requirements

  • At least a second class honours degree in a related scientific subject from a recognised institution of higher education

English Language Requirements

  • Academic IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking

About the university

The history of Oxford Brookes University spans more than 150 years. We began as a modest School of Art in rented classrooms and have expanded into one of the UK's top modern universities with a reputation for distinction in teaching and research on the local, national, and worldwide levels.

Our primary goal is to provide a top-notch educational experience that helps each of our graduates to be competent, self-assured, and prosperous. The standard of instruction students receive is an integral component of this.

Oxford Brookes works with a wide range of partners both domestically and internationally. Our connections are essential to improving our instruction, research, and information sharing. Additionally, they provide our students a wealth of placement, internship, and employment options.

In cooperation with our Associate College Partners as well as directly, we offer a variety of higher education and degree apprenticeships (ACPs).

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