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					National School of Forestry, Faculty of Science and Natural Resources
Newton Rigg Campus, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH                                                                                                   Bring your dreams



MSc Conservation Biology
Full-time from September 2008




Increasing damage to the environment is resulting in globally declining biodiversity and extinction.
Changes in public perceptions and legislation have led to a growing international demand for
professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage the conservation of species and ecosystems,
to slow, and ultimately reverse, the decline in biodiversity.
What is the course about?                                                                                           Exceptionally a student may opt-out of the field tour.
You will be given a thorough grounding in                  Facilities                                               Over the last few years we have taken students on a
conservation biology, along with an appreciation           These include our own research and field study sites     number of tours including the Czech Republic, The
of the wider issues facing natural resource                in the Eden valley and Lake District National Park       Gambia, Canada and Kenya.
managers. Core modules include Conservation                and well-equipped laboratories (including a state-
Biology, Conservation in Practice, and Research            of-the-art Conservation genetics laboratory due to          How to Apply
Methods (with an optional overseas field course).          open in 2009). We subscribe to a wide-range of              Prospective students should apply through
Among the optional topics are Assessing Biological         international conservation journals and you will have       the National School of Forestry Office. Please
Diversity, Conservation Genetics, Forest Ecology           access to excellent on-line research databases. We          contact Steph Hughes, the MSc Programme
and Ecosystems, GIS, Global Environmental Issues,          make regular use of the facilities and speakers             Administrator, for an application form—
Population Ecology, and Project Planning. In the           provided by other organisations including, amongst
dissertation you study a topic of your own choice.         others, Society for Conservation Biology, Natural           Steph Hughes
                                                           England & Scottish Natural Heritage.                        The National School of Forestry Office,
Why study with us?                                                                                                     University of Cumbria,
The Newton Rigg campus is an excellent location            Research seminars                                           Newton Rigg Campus, Penrith,
for studying Conservation Biology as our extensive         These are held on a regular basis and provide staff         Cumbria CA11 0AH
estates include numerous Sites of Special Scientific       and students with access to leading practitioners
Interest and habitats ranging from the high                in their field. Further details of the current seminar      Tel 01768 893694
Cumbrian fells to ancient lowland woods. We also           series may be found on our web site.                        email stephanie.hughes@cumbria.ac.uk
have excellent links to local, yet internationally
important, conservation projects and we make               Career development                                          For further information about the
regular use of these resources in our teaching.            With our strong links to local, national and                programme, please contact Course Director,
Other conservation courses may offer occasional            international conservation agencies and                     Dr Ian Convery on tel 01768 893570
trips to see significant sites; we have them on            organisations, we can provide you with well-                email ian.convery@cumbria.ac.uk
our doorstep and make regular use of them in               informed and current assessments of the range of
our teaching, providing an effective complement            career choices open to you. Early in the programme
to our international field trip. Research seminars         you will have an opportunity to meet with staff
complement formal teaching.                                to discuss these while making your selection of
                                                           optional modules.
Student-centred and applied teaching.
Our external examiners regularly praise us on our          Overseas field tour
close liaison with students and the applied nature of      We believe that exposure to a range of conservation
our curriculum. The staff are all enthusiastic about       scenarios and approaches is important in developing
their specialisms and the compact nature of the            a students responses to field problems. An integral
campus means that access to staff is far easier than       component of the course is a 7-10 day tour aimed
in larger institutions. Over the last 7 years we have      at exploring many of the issues seen in the UK
been at the forefront in developing on-line support        and discussed in class. The tour, which usually
material through a distance-learning BSc Forestry,         takes place around Easter, is designed to integrate
the first of its kind in Europe. You will have access to   the individual modules and to provide part of
on-line material developed specifically for this MSc.      the assessment for one of the core modules.
National School of Forestry, Faculty of Science and Natural Resources
Newton Rigg Campus, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH                                                                                                    Bring your dreams



Teaching team                                                                                                      Optional modules:
You will be taught by a highly experienced core                                                                    Geographic Information Science; Forest Ecology &
team consisting of 10 permanent academic staff,                                                                    Ecosystems; Population Ecology; Assessing Biological
complemented by visiting specialists. The team has                                                                 Diversity; Project Planning; Global Environmental
a number of research interests:                                                                                    Issues; Advanced Spatial Information Science.

Dr Armstrong leads on an ongoing project in The                                                                    Many of the modules on the programme are
Gambia, which consists of a level 6 field course, and                                                              available to study as ‘stand-alone’ modules, either
a number of research initiatives which have provided                                                               for general interest or as part of professional CPD.
invaluable work experience for a number of                                                                         You will have to be able to demonstrate that you
graduates. Dr Nevin is an internationally renowned                                                                 will benefit from such study and that you will be
expert in brown bear ecology and behaviour and                                                                     able to cope with the academic demands of the
is currently writing up a number of projects. Dr                                                                   module. On some modules we may require evidence
Convery has a research background in community                                                                     of technical skills at an appropriate level (Eg: GIS) or
conservation (Mozambique) and current research                                                                     access to appropriate resources.
interests in cultural landscape and sense of place.
Dr Ramsey has research council funding for work
looking at strategies for conservation within oil
palm plantations in South East Asia. Dr Bill Sinclair
has extensive marine and terrestrial conservation
genetics experience. His recent research has
focussed on the genetic diversity of nautilus species
in Australia & Southern Asia.
                                                        Course content
                                                        To obtain the MSc you must pass 6 taught modules
                                                        together with a 3 module rated Dissertation. On
                                                        the full-time programme this will usually take a
                                                        minimum of 12 months. The programme is built
                                                        upon a number of core modules that provide the
                                                        necessary foundation for further study. A range of
                                                        optional modules allows you to specialise or to study         Entry requirements
                                                        subjects that have a particular interest to you. Not all      At least a second-class honours degree
                                                        the optional modules listed below will be available           in an appropriate subject together
                                                        every year but we will make every effort to ensure            with demonstrable interest in studying
                                                        that the course meets your own aspirations and                conservation biology at postgraduate level.
                                                        career aims. A number of the modules are delivered
                                                        jointly with the MSc in Conservation Biology.                 Applicants with non-standard qualifications
                                                                                                                      but relevant experience will be considered.
Staff members are active within a number of             Core modules:
organizations. Dr Nevin is the Secretary for the        Conservation Biology; Applied Research Techniques;         This information was correct at the time of
European section of the Society for Conservation        Conservation in Practice; Dissertation.                    production but may be subject to change.
Biology; Dr Ramsey sits on the education committee.
Dr Armstrong runs an ecological consultancy
and serves on the UK bird strike committee.
Commenting on a bespoke MSc run last year for
an overseas client the external examiner noted:
‘the staff have been magnificent in rising to
the challenge……a role model for programme
management.’

				
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