MSc Environmental Biology: Conservation & Resource Management

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2

Course Overview

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The MSc Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management course focuses on the relationships between living organisms and the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, coupled with the interactions that result from natural and anthropogenic processes.
On the Environmental Biology course you will benefit from advanced training in the interpretation of local and global environmental issues, field and theoretical aspects of biology and ecology, and in analytical techniques. You will also develop the skills necessary to work confidently in vocational areas such as conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, monitoring and education, and fosters an objective, scientific and realistic approach to environmental biological issues that you may have to face in a professional capacity.

Key Features

The course develops skills necessary to work confidently in vocational areas such as conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, monitoring and education, and fosters an objective, scientific and realistic approach to environmental biological issues that students may have to face in a professional capacity.  Graduates go on to work for government agencies such as CCW, Environment Agency, English Nature, Scottish Heritage, Fisheries Research Services, CEFAS.  Other organisations include Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Reserve, National Parks, Environmental Departments, Research and Development of SMEs as well as large companies.  Graduates also go on to do postgraduate research.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
BIOM34Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)60Research Project in Environmental Biology

Description

Course content :

Core Science Skills and Research Methods

  • The scientific method
  • Experiment design and presentation skills
  • Library and internet resource searching

Conservation of Aquatic Resources

  • Conservation in practice
  • Trade-offs and constraints
  • Monitoring and planning

Term papers in Environmental Biology

  • In-depth reviews of an area in Environmental Biology of particular interest to you

Environmental Assessment and Management

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Conservation
  • Exploitation of natural resources

Ecosystems

  • Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Biogeography
  • Survey techniques (field-based)

Remote sensing of the changing environment

  • Satellite Earth Observation
  • Image acquisition for environment and society
  • Theory, practice and hands-on experience

Geographical Information Systems

  • Geography and Demographics
  • Key skills using GIS
  • Practical skills in ESRI ArcGIS software

Research Project

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent in biological sciences or related field.

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent English test.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

For further information, please contact the course co-ordinator,

Dr Mike S Fowler (m.s.fowler@swansea.ac.uk)

For all EU/International enquiries please contact:

international-science@swansea.ac.uk

+44 (0)1792 295142

For UK applicants

For International applicants

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £6,100 £16,400
MSc Part-time £2,000 £5,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Teaching and assessment

This taught Master’s degree is assessed through a combination of examinations, coursework and a dissertation or research project.



Student profiles

“I’ve spent four years as a student at Swansea University, three years as an undergraduate studying Marine Biology and a year as a postgraduate undertaking the MSc in Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management. Whether studying or partying I can honestly say I had a fantastic time the whole way through! It was through my undergraduate study that I realised how amazingly diverse the marine ecosystem is, but also how vulnerable it can be and the level of exploitation it endures. This prompted me to undertake the MSc, which furthered my knowledge in many aspects of conservation and environmental issues around the world on sea and land. With my experience and expertise gained from studying at Swansea I have secured a job working with WWF Cymru in Cardiff as Marine Policy Officer where I am helping work towards a sustainable future for the Welsh marine environment.”

David Parker
BSc Marine Biology 2008
MSc Environmental Biology: Conservation & Resource Management 2009
Marine Policy Officer, WWF Cymru, Cardiff

Read our student profiles

Facilities

The Department of Biosciences provides access to an extensive range of specialist facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  These include: Research and IT laboratories; Constant temperature rooms; Growth rooms; Aquaria; Greenhouses; Zoology Museum; A custom-designed 12.5m coastal research vessel, RV Noctiluca.

Our new Teaching Laboratory is a significantly upgraded facility to teach a higher level of transferable laboratory techniques and skills, with a capacity to hold 150 students; it includes a full range of AV facilities able to transmit to several plasma screens output from a variety of sources including microscopes, PCs, DVD/Video players and visualise/camera units.

Find out more about the facilities used by Biosciences students at Swansea University.
 
 



Careers

As scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within biology and ecology.

Find out more about employability


Research

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Biosciences at Swansea are ranked 7th in the UK and TOP in Wales.  93.8% of our research outputs were regarded as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) and Swansea Biosciences had the highest percentage of publications judged ‘world-leading’ in the sector. This is a great achievement for the Department, for the College of Science and indeed for Swansea University.

All academic staff in Biosciences are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture. Find out more.

Fieldwork

Visiting external experts deliver selected materials, and students also benefit from visits and field work to off-site locations (for example, local artificial wetlands).

Fees and Funding

Details of postgraduate funding for UK/EU candidates can be found here: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/

Details of postgraduate funding for International candidates can be found here: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/fees-and-funding/pg_scholarships/

Enrolment

Welcome to new and returning students.

You will find information regarding Departmental Enrolment and Induction events, along with enrolment instructions here.