University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health

The course aims to meet the demand for interdisciplinary training in understanding and managing the natural environment. With numerous environmental threats, it is important that people fully understand the complex relationships between human populations, wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live. There is more emphasis than ever before on a holistic approach to conservation management, to assess and accommodate the needs of all aspects of ecosystems, with the ultimate goal of sustainable ecosystem use to preserve the long-term potential of habitats and species diversity in both the developing and developed world.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2.1 Honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a zoological, biological, environmental, veterinary or a relevant bio-science topic; applicants with relevant work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Course modules

Year 1 (certificate) core modules include: evolution and biodiversity; ecosystem health and sustainability. Year 1 (certificate) optional modules include: global citizenship; ex situ wildlife management; introduction to GIS and spatial data analysis; managing ecosystems for human health and wellbeing. Year 2 (diploma) optional modules include: arthropod vector biology; biomedical research methodologies; climate change, policy and practice; communication and public engagement of conservation; conservation genetics; environmental law; extreme and fragile ecosystems; invasive non-native species; introduction to project cycle management; land use and food security; population and habitat viability assessment; surveillance and control of transboundary diseases affecting international trade; the marine environment; the modern zoo; wildlife animal health and environments; the use of artificial reproduction technology in threatened species; water and sanitation; wildlife crime and forensic investigation and zoonotic diseases. Year 3 (Master's) module: dissertation.

Assessment methods

Dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years

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