Newcastle University: Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Web http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/
Study type Taught

Summary

You study biodiversity conservation as applied ecology in the context of land use - agriculture, forestry and amenity. Focusing on wildlife conservation in the UK and Europe, you develop practical skills in plant identification and habitat assessment from a wide range of upland and lowland areas.

Your studies focus on wildlife conservation with a particular emphasis on agriculture, forestry and amenity. Elements of the course have strong links with national, statutory and non-governmental conservation organisations. Practical management skills are gained through involvement in management problems on nature reserves and field courses that provide experience in species identification.

The course has compulsory and optional modules, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests. Through the compulsory modules you will develop knowledge and skills in core concepts such as:
•understanding the range of temperate zone ecosystems and wildlife species
•developing a critical awareness of contemporary conservation issues and research insights
•understanding scientific survey, habitat assessment and experimental techniques and the ability to identify common species from selected habitats
•the development of effective management plans for species and ecosystems
•understanding complex biodiversity and ecosystem management issues
•advanced knowledge and understanding of the influence of environmental, management and land-use factors on ecosystems and wildlife species

You also undertake a major conservation project and are supported through training in designing and delivering a project based on a laboratory or field-based investigation. After choosing your topic you collect, analyse and interpret data to produce a thesis.

Our staff:
You benefit from being taught by lecturers who are industry experienced and research active. Our research in integrated agricultural production focuses on soil science, plant science and ecology, spanning a range of scales from: pot – plot – farm – landscape.
Strategic research embraces work on:
•soil quality
•rhizosphere function
•plant-soil feedback
•soil-carbon dynamics
•nutrient cycling.

Applied research addresses issues of:
•climate change mitigation (including biofuels)
•ecological (organic) farming systems
•low-input crop systems
•agriculture-environment interactions.

Dr Simon Peacock is a teaching fellow and Degree Programme Director of Biodiversity Conversation and Ecosystem Managements MSc.
'My research is centred on how ozone pollution can influence the diversity and community structure of plants of conservation importance both individually and within a community.'

Delivery:
This course is taught in a block format with one 6 week block and then smaller 2 week teaching blocks.

You will be taught through lectures, seminars, practical and field classes, tutorials, case studies and small group discussions. You will be expected to undertake independent study outside of these structured sessions. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed through written examinations, coursework, field class reports, presentations and your final major project.

You can also study through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme which is a framework that enables us to award postgraduate level qualifications using credit-bearing stand-alone modules as 'building blocks' towards a qualification. This means that the credits from modules undertaken within a five-year period can be 'banked' towards the award of a qualification.

Facilities:
Our facilities and our teaching staff ensure you are fully supported in your studies, including farms and laboratories.

MSc

Newcastle University



Our University

Newcastle University is ranked one of the best in the UK for teaching and learning. We are also a world-leader in academic excellence and original research.

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