This week saw our Postgraduate Open Day, in which we described the four research-led MSc programmes run by staff from the Modelling, Evidence and Policy Research Group. Here’s a brief description of the four programmes, and what they offer. Feel free to contact us for more details, or download the leaflet about the degrees, with information on how their modules link together here
We offer four integrated postgraduate degrees within the School of Natural and Environmental Science on the following programmes:
- Computational Ecology MSc
- Ecology and Wildlife Conservation MSc
- Global Wildlife Science and Policy MSc
- Wildlife Management MSc
A common set of three taught modules are taken by students on all four degrees, plus a research project, and each degree programme also contains its own specific set of additional modules. The degrees are led by staff in the Modelling, Evidence & Policy Research Group.
Computational Ecology MSc
This course addresses the severe shortage of scientists trained to a high standard in both data modelling and ecology. Ecological and environmental scientists now generate large amounts of observational data, e.g. from camera traps, GPS, epidemiology and eDNA samples. You will gain hands-on experience of using modern computing and modelling methods. This will develop your essential technical skills, which are in demand by employers.
Ecology and Wildlife Conservation MSc
Our Ecology and Wildlife Conservation MSc gives you the skills needed for a successful career as an ecologist or in an environmentally-related field. You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to work in an environmental or ecological role. You will study an area of ecological science, such as wildlife conservation policy and practice, environmental impacts, and sustainable development. This course has a professional focus, which will help prepare you for the workplace.
Global Wildlife Science and Policy MSc
This programme allows you to develop skills to work at the interface of science and policy, understand how wildlife-related research can influence policies, and gives you the opportunity to take part in projects with notable wildlife organisations. It has a professional focus that prepares you for the workplace and help you into a career in global organisations such as the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity Ecosystems Services (IPBES).
Wildlife Management MSc
Our course provides a link between the theory and practice of wildlife management. We teach from the perspective of regulatory authorities associated with UK wildlife management. You will receive advanced training in policy and science implementation. It is professionally focused and relevant to a range of roles in the sector. The degree aims to provide graduates with advanced knowledge of wildlife management theory, the principles of biodiversity and conservation, epidemiology and wildlife conflicts. It also provides practical and field skills in wildlife and environmental data collection, data analysis, data handling, statistics and modelling methodologies with a focus on providing evidence for policy.