UWE Bristol - Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice MSc/Postgraduate Diploma

UWE Bristol

Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice MSc/Postgraduate Diploma

Become a specialist wildlife conservation practitioner with practical skills, experience, and knowledge to protect the world's most vulnerable species. Learn from our partnerships with major conservation organizations to prepare for a rewarding career.

MSc Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice is not just theoretical. It's designed to give you practical experience of contemporary techniques for conserving biodiversity in a rapidly changing world. Delivered in collaboration with the internationally renowned Bristol Zoological Society (BZS), the course is unique in the way it prepares you for practical conservation.

There is a pressing need for conservationists to create and work with emerging technologies. The course focuses on developing your innovation and entrepreneurial skills. You'll develop your practice in the ecosystem and species conservation, communication, and effecting behavior change, ensuring you're able to maximize opportunities for biodiversity conservation.

Hands-on conservation experience

Teaching is delivered via a series of intense, four-day, online teaching blocks, combined with online distance learning.

Teaching is split equally between BZS staff and UWE Bristol staff, with some additional content from other partner organizations, such as Natural England and the Wildlife Trusts.

You'll have the opportunity to network with practicing conservationists and ecologists from a wide range of organizations. Interact with experts engaged in ground-breaking conservation projects across the globe. This gives you the opportunity to develop your professional network and hone your skills for the job you want.

Most teaching blocks include at least one guest tutor from an outside organization. Some of the module assignments will require you to network with conservation managers from your local area too.

We are pleased to inform you that Bristol Zoo Gardens plans to expand as they move to their Wild Place in the next few years. This relocation will enable their team to develop future-facing wildlife conservation projects and education facilities. This puts UWE Bristol in the unique position of being co-creators of this state-of-the-art facility, providing exciting new opportunities for you as a wildlife conservation student.

Entry Requirements

  • a good honours degree (minimum 2:2) in a subject that contains a core grounding in conservation, ecology, and environmental science, or
  • equivalent, from a recognized overseas institution, or
  • to have at least three years experience of working in the environmental sector, specifically in areas related to biodiversity conservation.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all compone
  • All applicants will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course.

Career Prospects

The course has been developed with a wide range of stakeholders from the ecological consultancy and charity sectors. We use their feedback to ensure the skills you gain are the ones employers are looking for. On completion of the course, you will be excellently placed to seek work in national and international conservation organisations and ecological consultancies, government agencies or even to set up your own NGO.

You may choose to continue your conservation research or go on to doctorate-level studies. The course also gives you the potential to become a chartered member of the Institute of Environmental Management.

Course Details

The course comprises five compulsory taught modules and an extended individual research project. We've designed the curriculum to allow part-time and international students to participate fully in the course alongside full-time students.You will study:

  • Advanced Ecosystem Conservation in Practice


    - Provides you with experience of the methods used to protect habitats and ecosystems around the world.
  • Advanced Species Conservation in Practice


    - This module gives you experience of the methods used to protect species in their natural habitats and in captivity.
  • Communication for Conservation


    - Build your experience of using different methods to effectively communicate with an audience and ultimately encourage pro-conservation behaviours.
  • Innovation and Enterprise in Conservation


    - You will develop your skills and abilities to spot new, innovative opportunities for furthering the cause of biodiversity conservation.
  • Conservation Science Project


    - Put your knowledge into practice by designing and executing a conservation research project of your choice.
  • Conservation Research Methods


    - This module increases students' confidence and employability within key areas of conservation science. The module is designed to be flexible, centred around online mini-courses and associated discussion forums, allowing students to learn at their own pace throughout the duration of the course.

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