Biodiversity and Conservation (M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip)

Degree: Master
University: University of Dublin Trinity College , Faculty: School of Social Work and Social Policy
City: Antwerp , Country: Ireland
Discipline: Natural Sciences
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  • Max Duration 12
  • Tuition fee € 5750
    € 11500 (non-EEA)
  • Start Date of Studies October
  • Admission deadline 1 June
  • Programme Alternatives full-time
  • Educational Form taught
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The course is designed to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical grounding in the science of biological diversity and its conservation. This modular course will utilise a range of teaching methods to develop key theoretical knowledge and link this to practical skills. Skills in developing research methods will be developed through desk studies and (for M.Sc. candidates only) a research project.

    This new course will provide in-depth training and experience for those looking to further their career in various aspects of biodiversity and its conservation, for students wishing to pursue further post-graduate research in this area, and for professionals already working in conservation biology wishing to obtain relevant qualifications. The course will be taught in modules, and these are grouped into theoretical components, practical research skills, and modules dealing with individual desk and experimental research projects. Students may omit the individual research project to be awarded a Post-graduate Diploma, those wishing to obtain the degree of Master in Science must complete a four month individual research project.

    The School of Natural Sciences has considerable research and teaching capability in biodiversity and conservation, and the course will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in a variety of relevant research projects. Staff from relevant State agencies and institutions who are active in the practical application of conservation science, and biodiversity and conservation policy, will also make contributions to the course teaching. In Spring there will be a residential field course based in Kenya, focusing on practical aspects of biodiversity conservation.

    The course will be taught through a variety of methods - lectures, practicals, field-based learning, guided reading and discussion groups and web-based methods. A variety of assessment procedures will also be adopted - essay writing, oral presentations, web-based tests, examinations and assessment of dissertations. The approach will be to develop, progressively, a high degree of independent thinking and academic excellence in students completing the course, providing a smooth transition for those entering both directly from undergraduate degrees, and for those entering the course from industry.


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