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MSc Global Conservation Science

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

1. To demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to the delivery of biodiversity conservation solutions globally;
2. To exhibit mastery in the exercise of generic (team working, grant writing, leadership, data science) and subject-specific (ecology, economics, governance) intellectual abilities;
3. To demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of conservation theory (ecology, global change) and practice (project management, communications, fundraising);
4. To take a proactive and self-reflective role in the leadership of the conservation sector, built on an awareness of broad societal context and the efficient functioning of conservation organisations;
5. Formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute novel conservation solutions;
6. Critically and creatively to evaluate current debates and controversies in conservation, and respond by adapting practice and engaging with theory.

Transferable (key) skills

- the wide range of analytical and organisational skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree in conservation science and/or for employment in a higher capacity in the global conservation sector;
- evaluating their own achievement, that of others, and the success of their work in the field;
- self-direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the broader field of conservation;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to complex and transdisciplinary challenges in conservation.
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study, including academic, practitioner, community, policymaker and the general public;
- evaluating, criticising, and improving upon standard practices in conservation practice and training;
- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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