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Cardiff University MSc Global Ecology and Conservation
Cardiff University

MSc Global Ecology and Conservation

Cardiff, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time

Request application deadline

23 Sep 2024

GBP 27,450 / per year *


* for overseas | for home: £11,450


With a changing climate, an increasing human population, and growing rates of extinction and habitat loss, the world is facing unprecedented challenges. To meet these challenges and preserve our wildlife and ecosystems, we need innovative and adaptable scientists who can develop conservation strategies with real impact.

Our MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation aims to train the ecologists and conservationists of the future. Covering the complete span from ecological theory and pioneering research, through to practical site assessments and conservation interventions, we will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to tackle major global challenges and make a ‘real world’ difference.

From the rivers of South Wales to the Bornean rainforest, our MSc covers the major conservation issues affecting habitats across the globe. With training in core areas, such as wildlife surveys, biodiversity assessments and species management, you will learn how to identify current and emerging threats to species and ecosystems and develop the necessary skills to tackle these threats with effective and scalable solutions.

These core topics are combined with a free choice of optional modules, including Science Communication, Water and Life on Earth, and Frontiers in Biosciences, and wide-ranging options for the research project and many coursework topics, giving you the freedom to tailor your studies to your interests and career aspirations. Several of our core modules include a fieldwork element, whilst our optional Field Research and Placement module comprises an extended field course in the UK or overseas, along with a professional work placement.

The course is delivered by leading academics who work across the world conducting cutting-edge research and addressing key global challenges – from pioneering climate change research to developing action plans to preserve native species. As well as offering you the excitement of learning in an active research environment, this approach will also demonstrate how your work can be translated into practical conservation measures.

We know that ecology and conservation are constantly evolving, and, in response, we have developed an MSc that is explicitly forward-looking, covering new technology and ‘horizon scanning’ for future conservation issues. With a flexible and interdisciplinary approach, we aim to train postgraduates who can take on roles in research, practice, policy, consultancy and more, and who have the skills, confidence and knowledge base to adapt to a global job market and changing environment.

Why Study this Course

Our MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation aims to train the ecologists and conservationists of the future.

Latest Conservation Trends

Learn the concepts and challenges in conservation, including in legislative and NGO contexts, and ‘horizon-scanning’ for future threats.

Practical Training

Use the latest survey technologies such as drones and eDNA for monitoring ecosystems, detecting species declines and diagnosing their causes.

Fieldwork in the UK or Abroad

An optional Field Course and Placement module extends the field-based teaching by 10-15 days in a choice of UK and international destinations.

Public Outreach

Reach out to scientific colleagues, stakeholders and the wider public through our dedicated science communication module.

Expert Contributors

We invite leading external experts and thinkers in conservation to contribute regularly to our course.


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