Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme specialises in countryside and protected area management and will enable you to acquire and develop a broad understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for managing protected areas of the environment, including natural, cultural and recreational sites. It will provide you with the key skills and management tools necessary for resolving conflicting pressures and demands in protected areas. If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Geography, Environment and Development Studies.

Course Modules

This MSc degree consists of 2 core modules (30 credits each) taught in alternate years and 2 core residential schools (15 credits each) held in April each year. You must also select 2 option modules (15 credits each) from the list of options below. The MSc is completed by a 60'credit dissertation, making 180 credits in total. Core modules: People and the system; the countryside resource; core residential schools; residential school: People, policy and the system; residential school: The countryside resource. Option modules: Conservation management planning; critical geographies of nature; ecological survey and monitoring; environmental interpretation and education; introduction to geographic information systems; MSc environmental management (countryside and protected area management) dissertation. Exploration of topics includes lectures and workshops led by invited speakers (e.g. from relevant government agencies, such as Natural England, NGOs (e.g. RSPB), consultants and academics) as well as a significant component of individual reading and research.

Course Additional Entry

Good degree or equivalent in any area, or equivalent qualification with professional experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,975  Academic year. First year home fees