MSc Wildlife and Conservation Management

The world’s environments have long been threatened by human impact. As pressures on the natural environment intensify, there is a growing need for professionals skilled in conservation and environmental management. Accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) the Environment and Resources Professional Group of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the MSc Wildlife and Conservation Management brings together the physical, chemical, biological, socioeconomic, administrative and legislative aspects of land planning, providing the skills you need for an exciting and rewarding career as an environmental conservation manager.

The MSc Wildlife and Conservation Management combines a broad understanding of the science and management of conservation, putting emphasis on integrating specialist knowledge and practical skills with IT and communication. You will develop a wide range of skills, including biodiversity, survey techniques, environmental management and monitoring systems, geographical information systems and an understanding of relevant ecological principles, legislation and regulatory frameworks. What’s more, our extensive and exciting fieldwork programme will train you in a wide range of environmental survey and assessment techniques.

Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
  • Tropical Ecology- 20 credits (Optional)
    This module encompasses dive training; a 16-day excursion (variable destinations, e.g. Borneo, Honduras, Philippines); one-week tropical forest surveys, one-week coral reef diving – organism identification and surveying.
  • Environmental Management and Legislation - 10 credits
    We look at how legislation protects the environment, planning laws and policies, environmental economics and cost-benefit analysis.

  • Wildlife Surveying - 10 credits
    You will conduct pond and river water quality surveys (BMWP and PSYM methods) and river habitat surveys (RHS). You will learn freshwater invertebrate identification skills and plant identification.

  • Tools for Sustainable Development - 20 credits (Optional)
    This 100% coursework module includes a four-day workshop. We look at energy use/resources and climate change. We also investigate sustainable alternatives to current lifestyles, consumerism, fossil fuel use and the implications for conservation policy and practices, plus how to obtain funding for community and sustainability projects.

  • Restoration Ecology - 20 credits
    In this module we study ecology and biodiversity; re-wilding: beaver, lynx, wolf reintroduction; restoration approaches for various habitats and tropical forest management.
  • Terrestrial and Aquatic Conservation - 20 credits
    You will study protected areas and their management; the impact of climate change on terrestrial habitats; agricultural systems and impact on conservation; the 
    ecology of rivers, lakes and marine habitats; the human impacts on freshwater habitats and identifying freshwater life.

  • European Field Expedition - 20 credits
    You will study vegetation surveys (forest structure surveys, thermal zone assessment, various transect techniques, habitat mapping); land use and management issues; bird survey methods (bird identification skills); offshore marine surveys and measurements.

  • Work Based Learning Project - 20 credits (Optional)
    The optional Work Based Learning module enables our students to gain 60 hours work experience under the supervision of an employer. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor who will advise you on a suitable employer based on your area of interest. Recent organisations who have hosted our students include Capita Symonds, Natural Resources Wales, Wales Heritage Coastal Path and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

  • MSc Project - 60 credits 
    This project is often done in co-operation with conservation organisations such as National Parks; English Nature / Countryside Council for Wales; National Botanic Garden; Environment Agency and Wildlife Trusts. Examples of recent projects include coral reef conservation in the Bahamas; feeding habits of Groupers off Honduras; deforestation in SE Asia; invasive species in Cardiff Bay; biodiversity increase with organic farming; butterfly reintroduction and habitats; recognition of Japanese Knotweed by remote sensing.

  • Tropical Environmental Monitoring - 20 credits (Optional)
    This module is all about conservation and wildlife / safari management. We look at field monitoring techniques and identification skills, and animal tracking on both foot and by vehicle.
  • Applied Geospatial Analysis - 20 credits
    This offers a practical introduction to Geographical Information Systems and their use in environmental management. We will look at remote sensing techniques; animal population modelling; pollution modelling and the use of statistical software for parametric and non-parametric analysis, correlation, regression and ANOVA analysis. 

Teaching

Full-time students spend two days at University, usually Wednesday and Thursday, and around 12 hours per week in lectures and practical sessions.

Part-time students attend one day per week. First year part-time students attend on Wednesdays and second years attend on Thursdays.

We teach using a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, problem solving tutorials, video presentations and practicals. You will also undertake fieldwork excursions within the UK and overseas (additional costs apply). The number of hours of formal teaching will vary depending on your module choice. You will also be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning by completing guided reading and various interactive computer packages. Based on individual circumstances the MSc Project may be extended into your third year of study and will be agreed as part of a discussion with the course leader. Please note some field trips will take place on weekdays besides Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of methods depending on your module choice, these include: examinations, coursework such as writing reports of field excursions. You will also analyse case studies, undertake presentations, participate in workshops and analyse data.

Accreditations

The MSc Wildlife and Conservation Management course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the Environment and Resources Professional Group. This enables graduates to progress to Chartership status following completion of the RICS assessment of Professional Competency. University of South Wales is also the only University in Wales to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Field Trips

There are a number of optional overseas field trips. The Tropical Environmental Monitoring module has a field trip to Botswana while the Tropical Ecology module field trip is also overseas; this year, we went to Mexico, but we have also been to Cuba, Indonesia, Borneo and Palau. There are also a range of local field trips which will enhance your environmental conservation skills.

The Field work programme consists of:

  • October – vegetation and river surveys – four days (local)
  • November – restoration site visits, coastal surveys –  five days (local)
  • March – European Field excursion – eight days (residential)
  • March/April – Tropical excursions (optional) – 16 days
  • May – plant identification – two days (local)
There may be additional costs associated with this course

Lecturers

Dr Gareth Powell, course leader

 

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in an environmentally-related subject. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

EU applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

International applicants further information:
International and EU website
Visa information


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £50 - £180
Field work requires rugged walking boots/shoes and waterproof and thermal clothing.
Field Trips: Tropical Ecology £2200 - £2400
Tropical ecology and conservation in a tropical country, ie Mexico or Borneo. Two and a half weeks, including marine and terrestrial study sites, and focusing on the ecology and conservation of these systems. There is an additional cost of £300 for scuba dive training (optional). Approx £50-£80 on food. Vaccinations and malaria prevention. Depends on individual need and medical advice needs to be obtained. Visa may be required by some students from some overseas countries. Cost depends on home country. Prices are subject to change depending on currency exchange rates at that time. Costs include international travel, internal travel in the host country, food and accommodation, use of scuba diving equipment and boats, dive instructors and field assistants.
Other:
Please note that students who successfuly secure a placement in industry or abroad to complete their projects would be expected to pay for their own travelling costs to and from the venue during the period of placement. The cost of this will of course vary and some students have also paid for accommodation close to their place of work for the duration of their placement. Students are provided with reading lists but are not expected to buy any books, instead students are actively encouraged to make use of the extensive learning resources of the University. Many books are available as ebooks. The course uses the many computing facilities of the Glyntaff campus (students are not expected to buy their own computer but having a personal PC will help with their studies)
Field trips: European Field Expedition * £595 - £650
Eight-day excursion to a Mediterranean location to study inshore marine ecology, various terrestrial and aquatic habitat surveys, studies of land use and conservation management. Cost includes international transport, internal transport, guides, boat use (if possible in prevailing weather), accommodation and most meals. Vaccinations and malaria prevention. Depends on individual need and medical advice needs to be obtained. Visa may be required by some students from some overseas countries. Cost depends on home country.
Field trip: Tropical Environmental Monitoring £1800 - £2000
Two-week course in southern Africa, presently Botswana, studying the ecology of the region plus training in tracking and field guide skills. Cost includes international flights, internal transport in southern Africa, food and accommodation at the camp. Prices are subject to change depending on flight costs and currency exchange rates at that time. Vaccinations and malaria prevention. Depends on individual need and medical advice needs to be obtained. Visa may be required by some students from some overseas countries. Cost depends on home country. Approximately two days of food not covered in field trip costs.

Funding

The Welsh Government has proposed a Postgraduate Loan for Master’s degrees.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

Graduates from our MSc Wildlife and Conservation Management course have progressed to careers in the Environment Agency, utility companies, local, national and international conservation organisations, environmental consultancies, and regional and national government. Several others have progressed on to PhD study and into academic careers.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.