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The Conservation MSc at UCL is widely recognised as the leading programme for aspiring nature conservation professionals. This highly successful degree programme saw its first students graduate in 1960, and nearly 80% of its graduates have gone on to secure posts related to conservation. What and how will I learn? The programme is strongly interdisciplinary and engages with environmental, social and policy dimensions. It has a vocational orientation, with residential field-classes providing first-hand experience of practical conservation challenges. At the same time, the programme provides the scientific rigour needed for evidence-based analysis and understanding of the natural environment. Degree Structure Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core courses (60 credits), four optional courses (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered. Core Modules The Organisation of Conservation Monitoring Conservation Status The Rural Matrix Environmental Data Acquisition and Analysis Dissertationreport All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words. Options available in 2011-12: Lakes Coastal Change Environmental GIS Changing Landscapes Science and Politics of Climate Change Aquatic macrophytes Further details available on subject website: http:www.geog.ucl.ac.ukprospstudentspgmscconservation The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and field studies, including a five day field study to a coastal site and a five day field study to a National Park. The optional module Changing Landscapes includes a two week field trip to China. Assessment is through essays and the dissertation, which includes an oral presentation. Why should I study this degree at UCL? The Conservation MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching. The programme is unique not only on account of its long history and the resulting extent of its alumni network, but also due to the active involvement of nature conservation professionals in the delivery of course material. Research groups contributing to this MSc include those concerned with Environmental Change Environmental Modelling and Environment, Landscape and Society. The programme also benefits from the participation of staff from a variety of external conservation and environmental organisations. Your future career The MSc provides an excellent preparation for employment with the full range of public sector and voluntary conservation organisations, environmental consultancies, or in academia. First destinations of recent graduates include: Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London: Research Internship Waste Watch: Recycling Officer London Borough of Redbridge: Nature Conservation Ranger International Union for the Conservation of Nature: Junior Professional Associate Natural England: Conservation Advisor Ironside Farrar: Environmental Consultant RSPB: Communications Officer Norfolk County Council: Environmental Information Support Worker Kew Gardens: Conservation Assessor Intern University of Birmingham: Biodiversity Project Assistant Entry Requirements Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applications with relevant professional experience in conservation or environmental management will also be considered. How to apply We accept applications up until the programme begins in September, but applicants who require a student visa should submit the programme application form before 31 July. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Who can apply? Due to its vocational focus, the programme is particularly suitable for students with a first deg
The Conservation MSc at UCL is widely recognised as the leading programme for aspiring nature conservation professionals. This highly successful degree programme saw its first students graduate in 1960, and nearly 80% of its graduates have gone on to secure posts related to conservation. What and how will I learn? The programme is strongly interdisciplinary and engages with environmental, social and policy dimensions. It has a vocational orientation, with residential field-classes providin...