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Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation in Action MSc/PGDip

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Code
PGC180
Start
September 2017
Duration
1 year full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£10,000 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course Leader
Dr Anne Ropiquet

The crisis in biodiversity is a crucial challenge for current and future generations. Everyday, species diversity is rapidly declining. Despite the effort of evolutionary biologists to describe biodiversity patterns and processes, they are often missing from the dialogue about conservation of the biodiversity. This course is designed for those looking for an interdisciplinary programme at the interface of social and ecological systems.

Why study MSc/PGDip Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation in Action at Middlesex University?

This course combines expert teaching with unique experiences of work in real environmental and conservation settings to develop your ability to evaluate the biological and social processes that underpin interactions between biodiversity loss and human society. You will learn to gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative genomic ecological and social data; skills which are at the forefront of current research in conservation science and evolutionary biology.

You will gain invaluable practical experience through our field trips, spending one month in Mauritius to work on a real research project, with an additional week in Jersey to learn about captive animal management and the role of zoos in conservation.

The programme is suitable for:

  • students who have a strong interest in evolutionary processes on biodiversity and conservation
  • graduates of biology and related degrees
  • professionals working within NGOs or research institutes who wish to further develop their skills

Course Highlights

  • One month field trip in a tropical environment (Mauritius) to undertake tropical biodiversity and a one week field trip to Jersey focusing on captive animal management and role of zoos in conservation
  • The programme is wholly grounded in practice and students develop field skills in ecology, laboratory skills in genomics, computing skills in statistics and GIS analysis, as well as proficiency in complex data analysis and mapping
  • Integrated approach to teaching the themes of conservation, evolution and biodiversity within and across all of the topics you will undertake
  • Specialist input from partner organisations including the Durrell Conservation Trust and Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

What will you study on the MSc/PGDip Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation in Action?

The programme focuses at building multidisciplinary skills at the interconnection between biodiversity, evolution and conservation science.

An induction to the programme begins in mid-September. Following induction, you will spend one month in Mauritius where you will undertake training at a tropical field station. In Mauritius, you will be deployed to research stations all over the island and will participate in a research project currently undertaken by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Theoretical and practical knowledge will be delivered to you by professionals across the full range of the disciplines.

The programme continues on the Hendon campus where you will participate in a range of activities, lectures, seminars, computing workshops, laboratories and field trips. During the year there will also be a one week trip to Jersey at the Durrell Conservation Trust during which you will learn about captive animal management and the role of zoos in conservation.

A major part of the course will the dissertation which is conducted over the summer months.

  • Year 1

    • Applied and Theoretical Approaches to Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation sciences (120 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the understanding of a range of theoretical and practical aspects of different natural environments, from ecology, biodiversity, evolution and conservation science. The module will provide students with high-level research training in biodiversity, focusing on the interactions between physical and biological processes and patterns of complex ecosystems. The module provides a broad understanding of the most up to date techniques in bioinformatics, genomics and computer-aided decision making for biodiversity conservation.

    • Research Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an opportunity for the student to develop original and independent research investigations aimed at integrating theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to solve a practical problem at a relevant postgraduate level using appropriate research techniques.  Students will conduct a substantive piece of field or laboratory research led by a specialist supervisor.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc/PGDip Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation taught?

Students are taught through a mixture of classroom, field, laboratory and computing workshop activities. There are also independent study weeks to enable students to develop their own learning. The programme culminates in an individual project which can take place in the field or in the laboratory.

The programme is wholly grounded in practice and through the course delivery, students develop field skills in ecology, laboratory skills in genomics, computing skills in statistics and GIS analysis, as well as proficiency in complex data analysis and mapping. In addition to these fundamental scientific techniques students will be expected to design programmes, implement their own research and learn the methods of developing funding bids.

Assessment

The assessments on the programme are designed to test activities that graduates are likely to be confronted with in real-life employment. This includes writing a management plan for a conservation area, a research grant proposal, a field journal, an analysis of genomic data and a conference presentation and poster. Additionally students will submit a dissertation on their major research project and undertake a viva related to the work. The project will be supervised by a member of academic staff but students are strongly encouraged to work with external partner institutions in the UK or overseas. In this case, students may also have a mentor based at the external institution.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

Graduates could pursue employment with NGO's specialising in biodiversity and conservation. You will gain expertise in bioinformatics and genomics and could find employment in biotechnology companies. You will also have the skills to undertake a PhD, or be employed in a range of establishments such as national parks, environmental agencies, molecular biology laboratories.

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Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc

Start: October 2017, September 2017 (EU/INT induction)

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGD110

Evolutionary Behavioural Science MSc by Research

Start: January 2017, May 2017, October 2017

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGY000

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