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Environmental Conservation and Management (MSc)

Society is increasingly sensitive to anthropogenic effects on the natural environment and the public perception is that we do not always weigh the benefits of activities against the associated environmental cost. Such themes are significant within environmental conservation and management. 

The disciplines here help deal with many challenges facing our planet, country and locality which are central to the future of society.


This course is usually available both full and part-time with intakes at the end of September. Full-time study one calendar year. Part-time study options typically take two years but students are given a maximum of five years to complete an MSc (180 credits).

Students can do a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) by studying 120 credits

6 taught modules. Full-time over 8 months or part-time over 15 months.

Students can do a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) by studying 60 credits.

3 taught modules. Part-time over 8 months.

Also, each module (20 credits) can be studied in a stand-alone capacity which students can incrementally build towards one of the above postgraduate qualifications.

The MSc involves the completion of a 60 credit dissertation in addition to the 120 credits of taught modules.  The dissertation is supervised by a member of staff and can be completed via distance learning.

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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course

  1. A supportive learning environment, with personal attention afforded to all students. 
  2. A successful and enjoyable learning experience is at the very core of our vision to produce first-class professionals with high employability skills.
  3. We are situated in an urban/maritime environment very close to Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and with many interesting buildings and cultural assets nearby. We are in close proximity to magnificent natural and physical resources of the south, mid and west Wales and the University and its staff play a major role within the conservation and heritage management of these and other similar national assets.
  4. As class sizes are generally less than 15, this engenders a culture and environment that listens to and supports individual student needs.  
  5. Our teaching is informed by research in subjects that extend right across our portfolio, suitably supplemented by external experts from around the world. 
  6. We believe in engaging with employers to develop, deliver and review courses that enhance our graduate’s employability credentials in a manner that is central to our vision for students, the city and region.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The MSc Environmental Conservation and Management has for many years offered programmes designed to develop and prepare students for a career in the environmental sector. 

The University led the way by becoming the first university to offer an Environmental Conservation degree in 1998. There continues to be a societal and political demand for the sustainable management of our environment and natural resources. 

This MSc programme will develop your abilities to address the competing needs of society, the economy and the environment in a practical and holistic way, supported by geographical and academic knowledge.

The programme is divided into two parts; you will complete a series of taught modules followed by an independent research-based dissertation in a subject area of your choice. The taught modules will provide you with the employer-focused legal, technical and managerial abilities, which are required in the sector.

Module Topics


  • Environmental Planning and Policy
  • Energy and Resource Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Research Methods and Professional Development
  • GIS and Habitat Management
  • Strategic Management for Conservation
  • Dissertation.

We believe that course content should involve the combined consideration of academic and vocational intent for students to develop a skill and knowledge set which is fit for the workplace. 

Hence, this MSc was designed with environmental managers and applies current ‘live’ assessments/events to keep the content responsive to the ever-changing needs of employers, their employees, and the ever-changing environmental agenda. 

This teaching style involves, reports, projects, presentations, and help students develop their individual interests within the module's framework.

Also, the dissertation is developed by students in collaboration with the supervisory team, and it is believed it should be directly relevant to the student’s interests while still complying with the academic rigour of MSc research. Finally, the teaching team are completely student-centred and believe in facilitating students in achieving their environmental management ambitions.

Dissertation (60 Credit)

  • Research project (student-chosen topic)
  • 15,000 words 80%
  • Viva voce 10 minutes plus Questions 20%

Energy and Resource Management (20 Credit)

  • Report 4,250 words 75%
  • Presentation 10 minutes 25%

Environmental Planning & Policy (20 Credit)

  • Report 4,000 words 70%
  • Presentation 12 minutes 30%

GIS and Habitat Management (20 Credit)

  • Report and mapping  6,000 words 100%

Postgraduate Research Methodology (20 Credit)

  • Research Proposal 4,000 words 70%
  • Presentation 12 minutes 30%

Strategic Management for Conservation (20 Credit)

  • Report 4,000 words 70%
  • Presentation 12 minutes 30%

Sustainable Development (20 Credit)

  • Essay 4,000 words 70%
  • Seminar Presentation 12 minutes 30%

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

A minimum of a 2.2 degree in any subject.

Applicants with other qualifications and relevant experience will be considered individually by the Programme Director via Accredited prior learning.

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required if English is not the first language.

Career Opportunities

Postgraduates from our Environmental Conservation and Management MSc have embarked on careers with a wide variety of employers within the environmental management sector, including environmental consultancy, Natural Resources Wales, Local Authorities, waste management, water companies, teaching and environmental NGOs both in the UK and across the globe. Graduates have also successfully completed doctoral-level studies in various Universities around the world.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this course.

Student Quotes

Rhian Jones

I would just like to take the time to express how valuable I have found my MSc Environmental Management and Conservation.

The course itself is very diverse, covering all dimensions of the environmental and sustainability agenda, providing an invaluable platform of knowledge from which I attribute to helping me obtain my position on the Climate Change Team here at Coventry City Council.

I would particularly commend the modules in Environmental Management and Energy and Resource Management, as these developed my particular interests within the field and led to my choice of dissertation from which I was given the opportunity to work alongside Defra and the Environment Agency; which aided me hugely in my professional development.

Alongside the excellent range of modules available, I found all lecturers to be highly knowledgeable and extremely supportive, making the course all the more enjoyable and providing me with an excellent grounding for a career in the field.

Abi Lewis

The research project provided me with the skills and knowledge to develop my career.  I now work for a water company, which assesses customer’s ecological footprints to develop strategies to help reduce consumption.  It is fantastic to be doing something I love and that is making a difference to individuals and the planet!

Bursary / Scholarship Information

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Further Information

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