Middlesex University

Course Introduction

This course is designed for those looking for an interdisciplinary programme at the interface of social and ecological systems. The crisis in biodiversity is a crucial challenge for current and future generations. Everyday, species diversity is rapidly declining. Despite the effort of evolutionary biologists to describe biodiversity patterns and processes, they are often missing from the dialogue about conservation of the biodiversity. This course combines expert teaching with unique experiences of work in real environmental and conservation settings to develop your ability to evaluate the biological and social processes that underpin interactions between biodiversity loss and human society. You will learn to gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative genomic ecological and social data; skills which are at the forefront of current research in conservation science and evolutionary biology.

The programme is suitable for: students who have a strong interest in evolutionary processes on biodiversity and conservation; graduates of biology and related degrees; professionals working within NGOs or research institutes who wish to further develop their skills. Students are taught through a mixture of classroom, field, laboratory and computing workshop activities. There are also independent study weeks to enable students to develop their own learning. The programme culminates in an individual project which can take place in the field or in the laboratory. The assessments on the programme are designed to test activities that graduates are likely to be confronted with in real-life employment. This includes writing a management plan for a conservation area, a research grant proposal, a field journal, an analysis of genomic data and a conference presentation and poster. Graduates could pursue employment with NGO's specialising in biodiversity and conservation. You will gain expertise in bioinformatics and genomics and could find employment in biotechnology companies. You will also have the skills to undertake a PhD, or be employed in a range of establishments such as national parks, environmental agencies, molecular biology laboratories.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,800 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,800 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a 2:2 honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: an IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components); 58 (with 51 in all components) in Pearson Test of English; 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading) in TOEFL (IBT); 176 overall (no less than 169 in any component) in Cambridge First, Advanced, Proficiency - taken post January 2015.