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Ecoleg Bydeang a Chadwraeth (MSc)

Nod ein MSc mewn Ecoleg a Chadwraeth Fyd-eang yw hyfforddi ecolegwyr a chadwraethwyr y dyfodol.

With a changing climate, an increasing human population, and growing rates of extinction and habitat loss, the world is facing unprecedented challenges. To meet these challenges and preserve our wildlife and ecosystems, we need innovative and adaptable scientists who can develop conservation strategies with real impact.

Our MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation aims to train the ecologists and conservationists of the future. Covering the complete span from ecological theory and pioneering research, through to practical site assessments and conservation interventions, we will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to tackle major global challenges and make a ‘real world’ difference.

From the rivers of South Wales to the Bornean rainforest, our MSc covers the major conservation issues affecting habitats across the globe. With training in core areas, such as wildlife surveys, biodiversity assessments and species management, you will learn how to identify current and emerging threats to species and ecosystems, and develop the necessary skills to tackle these threats with effective and scalable solutions.

These core topics are combined with a free choice of optional modules, including Science Communication, Water and Life on Earth, and Frontiers in Biosciences, and wide-ranging options for the research project and many coursework topics, giving you the freedom to tailor your studies to your interests and career aspirations. Several of our core modules include a fieldwork element, whilst our optional Field Research and Placement module comprises an extended field course in the UK or overseas, along with a professional work placement.

The course is delivered by leading academics who work across the world conducting cutting-edge research and addressing key global challenges – from pioneering climate change research, to developing action plans to preserve native species. As well as offering you the excitement of learning in an active research environment, this approach will also demonstrate how your work can be translated into practical conservation measures.

We know that ecology and conservation are constantly evolving, and, in response, we have developed an MSc that is explicitly forward-looking, covering new technology and ‘horizon scanning’ for future conservation issues. With a flexible and interdisciplinary approach, we aim to train postgraduates who can take on roles in research, practice, policy, consultancy and more, and who have the skills, confidence and knowledge base to adapt to a global job market and changing environment.

Nodweddion unigryw

Distinctive features of this course include:

  • A complete span from ecological theory through to practical site assessments and conservation interventions.
  • Key concepts and challenges in conservation, including legislative and NGO contexts, and ‘horizon-scanning’ for future threats.
  • Practical training in core field skills, including the latest survey technologies (e.g. drones, eDNA), allied with the ecological principles for monitoring ecosystems, detecting species declines and diagnosing their causes.
  • Extensive field-based, small group teaching both in the UK and overseas (e.g. Borneo, Caribbean) and opportunities for placements with a range of stakeholders. Depending upon module choice, students may spend nearly a month in the field aside from their research project, which could itself be field based.
  • Reaching out to scientific colleagues, stakeholders and the wider public through a dedicated science communication module
  • Advanced data handling, analysis and visualisation (‘data science’).
  • Carrying out environmental impact assessments and writing management plans to conserve species and protected sites.
  • Regular contributions from leading external experts and thinkers in conservation.

You can tailor the programme to your own interests and career plans, through your choices of optional modules, work placement, coursework topics and research project. This makes it relevant to a wide range of future careers, whether thinking of a PhD and academic career, ecological consultancy or a career in conservation.

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Nifer Myfyrwyr newydd nesafMedi 2019
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CymhwysterMSc
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Selection or interview process: 

Applicants should normally possess a higher education degree with first or good upper second class Honours (UK), or an equivalent academic qualification. Applications with relevant professional experience in conservation or environmental management will also be considered.

This programme is suitable for graduates in biology, ecology, zoology, botany and environmental sciences.

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ofynion Iaith Saesneg.

Mae'n rhaid i ymgeiswyr sydd angen fisa Haen 4 i astudio yn y DU gyflwyno cymhwyster iaith Saesneg derbyniol er mwyn bodloni gofynion UKVI (Fisâu a Mewnfudo y DU).

The course runs for 12 months full time. Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (80 credits), two optional modules (40 credits) and a research project (60 credits). It comprises two stages:

  • Stage 1: taught modules. There is an exit point at the end of Stage 1 (120 credits), leading to a Postgraduate Diploma. The timing of this point is dependent on the specific modules that the student has selected
  • Stage 2: Research Projec

Research Project (dissertation)

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of approximately 8,000-10,000 words.

Mae'r modiwlau a ddangosir yn esiampl o'r cwricwlwm arferol. Byddant yn cael eu hadolygu cyn blwyddyn academaidd 2019/20. Bydd y modiwlau terfynol yn cael eu cyhoeddi erbyn mis Medi 2019.

Mae'r Brifysgol wedi ymrwymo i ddarparu amrywiaeth eang o opsiynau modiwl lle’n bosibl. Ond byddwch yn ymwybodol er y byddwn yn gwneud pob ymdrech i gynnig dewis, gall hyn gael ei gyfyngu mewn rhai amgylchiadau. Y rheswm am hyn yw'r ffaith mai dim ond nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd sydd ar gael ar rai modiwlau, a gaiff eu dyrannu ar sail y cyntaf i'r felin. Mae'n ofynnol i fodiwlau eraill sicrhau isafswm nifer o fyfyrwyr cyn gallu eu cynnal, er mwyn gwneud yn siŵr y gellir cyflwyno addysg o ansawdd priodol. Gall modiwlau gael eu cyfyngu oherwydd gwrthdaro yn yr amserlen hefyd, ac er bod y Brifysgol yn ymdrechu i amharu cyn lleied â phosibl ar eich dewis, byddai'n syniad da i chi ofyn am gyngor gan yr Ysgol berthnasol am y dewisiadau modiwl sydd ar gael.

Sut y caf fy addysgu?

The taught component of the programme is delivered through a blend of lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer practicals and field-based teaching, as well as innovative ‘virtual’ lectures and a virtual field trip to the Bornean rainforest. An optional Field Course and Placement module extends the field-based teaching with a c. 10–15 day field course in a choice of UK and international destinations.

Sut y caf fy nghefnogi?

You will be provided with a Personal Tutor on your arrival at Cardiff University, and you can request a Welsh-speaking personal tutor if required. You are encouraged to contact your Personal Tutor should you have any academic or pastoral issues that you wish to discuss. You will meet your Personal Tutor within the first two weeks of the course and at regular intervals through the year. 

Peer Support for Post Graduate Students

In addition to the personal tutoring system, Cardiff University offers peer-to-peer support specifically for postgraduate students, recognising the particular needs of students studying at this level. Postgraduate Peer Supporters volunteer to support other postgrad students’ wellbeing, by facilitating monthly Postgraduate Peer Support Groups. The Postgrad Support Groups run all year round (including over the summer).

Sut y caf fy asesu?

You will be assessed through a combination of assessment of practical skills, coursework, essays, presentations and a research project (= dissertation; 8,000–10,000 words). Some optional modules may also include exams as part of the assessment.

Pa sgiliau y byddaf yn eu hymarfer a’u datblygu?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Discuss key principles underlying ecology and conservation, especially as they relate to environmental and global change.
  • Distinguish different facets of biodiversity (e.g. functional, taxonomic) at scales ranging from genes to ecosystems, and explain how to quantify them and their changes through space and/or time
  • Describe different field survey techniques, with accompanying safe working practices and relevant legislation
  • Assess current and emerging threats to biodiversity, alongside relevant policy and legislation
  • Review traditional and innovative conservation strategies, such as re-introduction, re-wilding and creating conservation corridors

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to

  • Devise management strategies, underpinned by ecological principles and evidence, to conserve species and/or manage nature conservation sites
  • Select suitable methods for analysing data and visualising the results
  • Diagnose the drivers of biodiversity/ecosystem change from data.
  • Critically evaluate: i) ecological survey methods and data collected using those methods, ii) environmental impact assessments; iii) the results of data analyses; and iv) published research from the scientific literature

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Design field surveys and research projects to address specific aims or hypotheses
  • Collect data for different taxa and environments, using established and cutting-edge methods relevant to both research and applied contexts (e.g. ecological consultancy)
  • Select, and justify the choice of, suitable approaches for measuring different aspects of biodiversity when presented with ecological and conservation scenarios or research questions
  • Critically evaluate different statistical methods and select appropriate ones when presented with scenarios and associated data sets.
  • Use industry-standard software (R and geographic information systems (GIS)) to design and construct digital maps, and analyse data
  • Synthesise, critique and communicate research outputs (e.g. scientific papers, data analyses) to scientific peers in written and oral formats

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Synthesise complex scientific outputs (e.g. scientific papers, data analyses, environmental impact assessments) into written and oral formats tailored to a non-specialist audience (e.g. policy makers, general public)
  • Prepare written reports, with clear structures and organising information in a logical manner, using correct grammar/spelling
  • Format data sets to facilitate collaboration and long-term archiving
  • Analyse, visualise and interpret complex data
  • Design and manage research projects
  • Evaluate, prioritise and apply complex information and data to devise strategies and plans
  • Apply safe working practices when carrying out fieldwork
  • Work individually or collaboratively to solve problems
  • Interpret and apply legal guidelines to project proposals or survey designs

Our MSc offers excellent training for future ecologists and conservationists. Its blend of theory and practical research skills, conservation management and legislation, and identifying emerging threats, will furnish you with the scientific knowledge, hands-on experience and adaptability that are highly valued by employers in today’s global job market.

In particular, we expect many of our graduates to enjoy successful careers in research, ecological consultancy, and conservation policy and practice. With its focus on practical training in both subject-specific and generic research skills, our MSc provides the ideal platform for further study and a career in academia. Students who choose the optional Science Communication module will learn how to translate science for a variety of audiences, opening up other exciting avenues, such as journalism, broadcasting and public engagement.

Alongside sound scientific training, this course will enable you to develop transferable skills that are in high demand beyond ecology and conservation. In particular, skills such as data management, analysis and literacy; making complex research accessible to a wide audience; appraising alternative management proposals and policies; and devising evidence-based solutions to problems, are vital in a range of roles across the public, private and third sectors.

We provide a supportive environment in which research can flourish and we are committed to helping you prepare for your post-university career. Throughout the course, you will have a wide range of opportunities to establish contacts with potential employers, whether that’s through a work experience placement, collaborations developed during the research project, or guest lectures by leading external experts.

Ffioedd dysgu

Myfyrwyr y DU ac UE (2019/20)

Ffioedd DysguBlaendalNodiadau
£9,350£1,000

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ffioedd dysgu a blaendaliadau, gan gynnwys ar gyfer myfyrwyr rhan-amser a pharhaus.

Bydd myfyrwyr yr UE sy'n dechrau yn 2019/20 yn talu'r un ffioedd dysgu â myfyrwyr y DU drwy gydol eu cyrsiau. Gallai ffioedd godi'n flynyddol yn unol â chwyddiant. Nid oes penderfyniadau wedi’u gwneud eto ynglŷn â ffioedd a benthyciadau i fyfyrwyr yr UE sy'n dechrau yn 2020/21. Caiff y rhain eu gwneud yn rhan o drafodaethau'r DU ynglŷn â’' haelodaeth o'r UE, a byddwn yn rhoi rhagor o fanylion i chi cyn gynted ag y bo modd.

Myfyrwyr tu allan i'r UE (2019/20)

Ffioedd DysguBlaendalNodiadau
£20,950£1,000

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ffioedd dysgu a blaendaliadau, gan gynnwys ar gyfer myfyrwyr rhan-amser a pharhaus.

Costau ychwanegol

If you choose the optional Field Research and Placement module (BIT055), and wish to attend an overseas field course, there will be additional costs associated with travel, accommodation and subsistence. Current locations include Tobago and Borneo, studying marine or rainforest ecology, and costs range from approximately £1100 (Tobago) to £2000–2500 (for different Borneo-based courses). We strive to keep these costs to a minimum: in Borneo we maintain our own Field Station and staff, whose costs are not recovered from charges to students. We also offer excellent Wales-based field courses which do not incur additional costs. Please contact the School for further information on field course costs.

No additional charges are made for other aspects of tuition, although some services (such as student printing on demand) may incur a charge.

A fydd angen unrhyw gyfarpar penodol arnaf I astudio’r cwrs hwn?

No specific equipment is required. The University will provide IT facilities (in a communal space), laboratories equipped with specialist equipment, and all specialist software required for the course.

Students are advised to have a personal laptop computer or equivalent.

This course offers multiple opportunities to develop your practical research skills via fieldwork modules and a professional placement.

Direct experience of different habitats and fieldwork techniques is an important part of an ecologist’s training, and several of our core modules include a fieldwork element, which involves practising field skills in locations around South Wales. Depending on the topic selected, your research project may also offer the opportunity for extensive fieldwork.

Students who select the optional Field Research and Placement module can choose from a range of field courses (approximately 10-15 days), both here in the UK and in international locations, such as Tobago and Borneo. Our international field courses incur additional costs, but these are partly subsidised by the School of Biosciences. This module also includes a five-day placement at a relevant, UK-based organisation, such as a conservation NGO, research laboratory, field centre, museum or zoological institute. Students arrange their own placements, with support and guidance from University staff.

In total, you can choose to spend approximately one month in the field as part of your taught modules (not including the research project, which can also be field-based), enabling you to develop practical ecology and conservation skills that can be taken all over the world.