University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Conservation and Sustainability

The course provides both a secure foundation in the scientific principles of conservation and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas via the selection of relevant modules and the research project. Areas of potential specialisation include habitat restoration, land and water management, environmental economics, habitat and biodiversity management and application of GIS and remote sensing. There is a compulsory residential course in field techniques, which takes place in the Cairngorm National Park. The course is equally relevant to recent and mature graduates seeking a career in conservation science, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants from other disciplines with a 2.1 or 1st but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

Modules include: Analysis of environmental data; environmental policy and management; environmental economics; field techniques; environmental impact assessment; conserving biodiversity; environmental geomatics (GIS); environmental geomatics (remote sensing); environmental law; ecosystem services; environmental impacts of energy production; economics of climate change.

Assessment methods

The Field Techniques module is a practical skills-based course, so assessment will be based on tests of these skills and on a collection of specimens put together by the student. Other modules are based on lectures and seminars and have a more traditional mix of essay assessments and exams.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 12,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 27 months
MSc Part-time £ 12,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 27 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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