Located within a biodiversity hotspot, we are in a prime area for learning about biodiversity conservation. This course offers you the chance to undertake a six-week work placement, and focuses on the latest scientific developments in the field – thanks to the fact that it is delivered by experts who are actively researching biodiversity conservation worldwide, and bring their expertise to every session.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the professional body representing ecologists and environmental managers in the UK and overseas.
On this course you’ll learn about the latest developments in conservation science and practice, hone your ability to communicate effectively, and be mentored in identifying flora and fauna.
Situated on the Dorset coast, we are within easy reach of outstanding environments of global importance for conservation, including the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Wessex Downs, Dorset Heaths, Poole Harbour and New Forest. This area provides outstanding opportunities for field-based learning.
Our staff research conservation issues both nationally and internationally in a wide range of tropical and temperate ecosystems including grassland, heathland, forest, freshwater, coastal, and marine. Their specialisms include plant, animal and community ecology, animal behaviour, environmental statistics, modelling, remote sensing and environmental policy.
You will also have the chance to undertake a conservation-based work placement, normally in the early summer.
“I really enjoyed the fieldwork aspect of the course, and was able to conduct my placement in Brazil to take part in marine wildlife monitoring. It gave me the chance to broaden my knowledge in marine biodiversity.”
Katie Thompson, MSc Biodiversity Conservation graduate
For September 2021 entry: in order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.
This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in March 2021 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.
Next start date:
September 2020, September 2021
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Earth & Geographical Sciences, Conservation Biology, Ecology & Wildlife Conservation
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject, or equivalent
International entry requirements:
If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. For more information see our full entry requirements.