This programme is designed for graduates from relevant science subjects (for example biology, zoology, physical geography, Earth and environmental sciences) and professionals with substantial relevant experience. Its aim is to prepare you for a successful career in wildlife conservation and consultancy, specifically in the UK and Europe. You have opportunities to improve your key skills in: experimentation; wildlife surveying and monitoring techniques; habitat and species management methods; and writing management and action plans. Your studies focus on wildlife conservation in Britain and Europe with a particular emphasis on agriculture, forestry and amenity. Elements of the programme have strong links with national, statutory and non-governmental conservation organisations. Practical management skills are emphasised through involvement in management problems on nature reserves and field courses that provide experience in species identification. Compulsory modules (60 credits) include: wildlife conservation û policy and practice; conservation biology issues; ecosystem management; ecological survey techniques; trees û growth, management and environmental impacts; and a foundation module in quantitative techniques, experimental design and data analysis. You also choose four optional modules (40 credits) from: sustainable development and environmental change; habitat mapping and resources assessment û using remote sensing; fisheries resources assessment and management; the environment business; environmental systems and modelling; GIS and remote sensing. Please note that your optional module choice must include one or both of the following 10-credit modules: field identification skills and/or environmental and habitat assessment field class. For the MSc you then complete a research project (80 credits). For the Diploma you undertake a short, 20-credit, library-based dissertation.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission