By drawing on expertise from across the faculties of Biological Sciences and Environment, you’ll gain a unique set of skills in biodiversity conservation and management. You’ll also explore topics on climate change, environmental policy, international development, and solutions to the biodiversity crisis.
You’ll upskill with a variety of technical modules in biodiversity and research methods, R and GIS that will enable you to conduct practical day-to-day work in a conservation setting to develop effective and evidence-based solutions for global biodiversity and conservation.
You’ll visit and learn from one of the world’s leading conservation organisations, The Durrell Institute, based at Jersey Zoo. This residential two-week course will be an immersive, exciting opportunity to learn about the practical side of conservation from leading experts. There will be a focus on project planning using Conservation Management Plans (CMPs), and you’ll also learn how to harness a range of global datasets, design species recovery plans, and develop broader skills including teamwork and grant writing.
You’ll gain specialist knowledge in the varied disciplines that are vital to the effective and efficient working within the conservation sector, both in NGO and govenment roles. These modules include areas such equitable sustainability, environmental economics & policy, and decision science (a unique aspect of our training at Leeds). You’ll also deepen your knowledge in solution-facing global change ecology, where you will examine threats to biodiversity such as climate change, land-use change, and habitat loss and how to manage them.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Global Conservation Science MSc in the course catalogue
Introduction to GIS
Conservation Project Management
Conservation Research Methods
Biodiversity and Conservation MSc and MRes Summer Project
Conservation Decision Science
Global Change Ecology
Learning and teaching
You’ll be trained in the technical, scientific aspects of biodiversity conservation as well as the broader issues in managing biodiversity and people depending on it through a variety of methods such as lectures, workshops, debates, and group or individual research.
You’ll have dedicated training sessions in team working, project management, grant writing, and leadership skills.
A large proportion of your learning will be led by experts from conservation institutions so that you not only experience the wider conservation sector in specific areas, but also gain an in-depth understanding of the sort of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives on conservation issues that are needed to develop effective solutions to problems. The global focus will provide you with insights into cultural and ethical differences among regions, but also in how threats to and solutions for biodiversity conservation may apply differently.
In your final dissertation project you’ll work alongside a leading academic and in collaboration with an external partner to apply your understanding to a real world problem in a practical or fundamental way that integrates concepts and methods from across the disciplines in the course.
The programme is focused on developing skills alongside understanding, and these skills involve a wide range of different disciplines and approaches. We’ll provide you with the suite of skills that you’ll need to operate not only at a technical level, but also at a project management and leadership level in conservation organisations. You’ll have dedicated training sessions to develop skills that are needed in this industry such as team working, project management, grant writing, and leadership.
You’ll learn a variety of technical, specialist modules in research methods, project planning, R, GIS and conservation science that will enable graduates to conduct practical day-to-day work in a conservation setting.
We’ll give you the skills to enable you to become an ecological chance maker through positive effective conservation such as skills in technical expertise and in natural systems along with skills in socio-political systems.
We’ll also provide you with strong training in the practicalities of research and innovation around conservation practices on the ground. This might involve biological interventions, but you will learn how to best integrate these conservation actions with social, political, or economic activities.
You’ll also build your knowledge and skills in social methods and processes that underpin governance and policy globally.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.