Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Countryside and Protected Area Management

This Postgraduate Diploma in Countryside and Protected Area Management will enable you to acquire and develop a broad knowledge of, and the skills needed for, managing protected areas of the environment, including natural, cultural and recreational sites. It will provide you with the key skills and management tools necessary for resolving conflicting pressures and demands in protected areas.

Entry requirements

Good degree or equivalent in any area, or equivalent qualification with professional experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

This Postgraduate Diploma consists of 2 core modules (30 credits each) taught in alternate years and 2 core residential schools (15 credits each) held in April each year.

You must also select 2 option modules (15 credits each) from the list of options below.
Core modules:

People and the System;
The Countryside Resource .

Core residential schools;

Residential School: People, Policy and the System;
Residential School: The Countryside Resource .

Option modules:

Coastal Zone Management;
Conservation Management Planning;
Critical Geographies of Nature (15);
Ecological Survey and Monitoring;
Environmental Interpretation and Education;
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems .

Exploration of topics includes lectures and workshops led by invited speakers (e.g. from relevant government agencies, such as Natural England, NGOs (e.g. RSPB), consultants and academics) as well as a significant component of individual reading and research by students.

Assessment methods

Coursework relating to the core course and specialist modules and a 2-paper written examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time October 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Department of Earth Sciences
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