MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health

MSc in Biodiverstiy, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health (Online Distance Learning)

The future health and security of both wildlife and human populations relies critically on the health of the ecosystems on which they depend.

The MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health aims to meet the demand for interdisciplinary training required by those whose role it is to understand and manage the natural environment. With ever-increasing environmental threats, it is vital that people fully appreciate the complex relationships between human populations, wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live. There is more need than ever before for those in the field of conservation to employ a holistic approach to ecosystem management in a way that accommodates the needs of all species living within them. The ultimate goal must be to conserve the long-term potential of ecosystems to support the ongoing requirements of both people and wildlife in the developing and developed world.

The MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health is a part time programme, run over three years. We have a single intake of students in September of each year.

  • Year 1:   Compulsory core courses - 60 credits - Certificate in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
  • Year 2:   Elective courses - 120 credits in total - Diploma in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
  • Year 3:  Written reflective element - 180 credits in total  -  MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health

Students will be required to complete the core modules within a 12 month period in order to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health. A Diploma in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health will be awarded after 2 years of study and the accumulation of 120 credits from years one and two.  Assessment in the first and second year will be based upon written and online assessment (for more information refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page). 

Elective topics include Introduction to Transboundary Diseases and their Impact on Trade and Wildlife Populations; and Zoonotic Diseases.

The written reflective element is an assignment of 10-15,000 words. This feature will require a high level of commitment and application from the candidate and provides a valuable exercise in the writing and presentation of information to a standard that engages appropriately with academic conventions in relation to style, tone, structuring and referencing.

For more information about the programme please click here

For further details please contact the course director Sharron Ogle.


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