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Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation MRes / MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One year full-time or two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Delivered in conjunction with the internationally-renowned Durrell Conservation Academy, this postgraduate degree provides you with an international outlook on species recovery. You'll help meet the global need for academically proficient and technically expert individuals, who can bridge the gap between in-situ and ex-situ approaches to conservation.

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  • Brackenhurst campus offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience. You will enjoy a new, 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library.
  • You can undertake a research project using NTU's links with national and international conservation projects.
  • Part of your study will take place at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation (DWCT) International Training Centre in Jersey, where specialist components of the Captive Breeding and Husbandry modules are delivered. Members of the course team have research links with international organisations.

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences has invested heavily in facilities and research programmes that support wildlife conservation sciences. Our modern Animal Unit and varying habitats on campus support a strong community of undergraduate and postgraduate students on Animal Sciences, Zoo Biology and Wildlife Conservation courses.

Brackenhurst campus is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme that supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates. Over the years a number of endangered species have been involved in recovery programmes at Brackenhurst including Yellowhammers and Great Crested Newts.

What you’ll study

Supported by legislation in many countries, endangered species recovery represents the recognised scientific approach to the conservation of threatened species by way of a recovery plan. This course aims to develop detailed knowledge and experience of recovery planning, and the skills and knowledge associated with in-situ and ex-situ species recovery.

The combination of theory and practical sessions will enable you to develop a holistic approach to endangered species recovery and conservation. Part of your study will take place at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT) International Training Centre.

The two Masters-level degrees offer you the opportunity to undertake an international research project using NTU's links with conservation projects.

Conservation Priorities

(20 credit points)

This module aims to integrate the disciplines concerning the conservation of species and habitats, to provide a thorough basis of knowledge. From this, you'll develop a coherent approach to the specialist taxonomic and surveying techniques, and the legal framework behind these. You'll study in detail the five major threats to species on the planet (climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive alien species, human wildlife conflict and exploitation).

This module is assessed by exam (100%)

Species Recovery: Theories, Methods and Techniques

(20 credit points)

Study both the theoretical and applied aspects of successfully recovering species under the threat of extinction. You'll develop an understanding of population dynamics, and the various methods used to facilitate species recovery. Methods covered will include those employed in the removal of habitat preparation, modelling, mitigation, inciting public support, reintroduction and translocation, and the ex-situ aspects of conservation unrelated to captive breeding.

In addition, you'll develop the practical applied skills often required for species recovery, such as radio-telemetry, necropsy and scat dietary analysis. Furthermore, this module will specifically address methods of facilitating species recovery, through enhanced dialogue and progressive thinking when consulting with local communities.

This module is assessed by coursework (70%) and a skills portfolio (30%)

Captive Breeding and Husbandry

(20 credit points)

This module will provide an understanding of the many aspects required to successfully breed endangered species in captivity. Discover the various goals of captive breeding, and develop an awareness of how techniques may differ according to the proposed use of the animals. The module will encompass a broad overview of all areas of knowledge required for the maintenance and reproduction of wild animals ex-situ, such as:

  • housing
  • nutrition
  • health
  • enrichment
  • reproductive assessment of captive-bred animals
  • rearing, pre-release preparation, and training

Students will also become familiar with industry-related software such as Zootrition®, PMx and ZIMs.

Teaching of this module will be shared between staff at two locations, at the NTU Brackenhurst campus, and at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Conservation Genetics

(20 credit points)

Gain an understanding of the basis of conservation genetics, and how the use of genetic theory and techniques can aid the recovery of threatened species.

You'll cover aspects such as:

  • impacts of reduced genetic diversity
  • inbreeding and outbreeding depression
  • population fragmentation
  • loss of gene flow
  • genetic drift
  • genetic aspects of captive breeding and genetic adaptation to captivity
  • forensics
  • non-invasive sampling techniques
  • the use of genetics to increase knowledge of species biology
This module is assessed by coursework (70%) and a laboratory portfolio (30%)

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

(20 credit points)

GIS is an important tool for monitoring biodiversity and can be used to store, manipulate, analyse and present large amounts of spatial and attribute data - data that can be used to target surveys and monitoring schemes. Data collected during field surveys and from remotely sensed images taken into GIS allows for the monitoring of both the location, and the extent of the change. In this module, you'll explore the application of GIS and Global Navigation Satellite Systmes (GNSS) technology within biodiversity conservation.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Research Methods and Data Analysis

(20 credit points)

Learn advanced skills in interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research data relevant to whole-organism biology, and develop a critical understanding of the ethical considerations involved in the collection of data. You'll present your findings and research in a variety of ways, as well as critically evaluating, interpreting and relaying knowledge gained from secondary sources, to peers.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Research Project

(MRes 120 credit points, MSc 60 credit points)

Communicate the findings to an informed audiences in the form of two scientific papers.

This module is assessed by coursework (100%)

Our Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation course is offered at two levels - two Masters degrees (MSc and MRes).

MSc

The MSc comprises a taught programme of six modules, and a research project

MRes

The MRes offers three taught modules, and provides the opportunity to undertake an extended research project.

ModulesMResMSc
Conservation Priorities Optional* Included
Species Recovery: Theories, Methods and Techniques Included Included
Captive Breeding and Husbandry Optional* Included
Conservation Genetics Optional* Included
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Optional* Included
Research Methods and Data Analysis Included Included
Research Project Included Included

*Choose one of the optional modules

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Hannah-Milankovic

Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

I’ve learnt invaluable skills such as communication, time management, laboratory skills and scientific writing.

Javier Lazpita

Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

The teaching methods at NTU are focused on the student and the courses are not over crowded which means the lecturers know all the students and try to help them in every way they can.

Coral Chell

Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

Having a postgraduate degree sets you apart from other individuals in your field. I wanted to progress further in my field of interest and my future career, so studying at postgraduate level was the next logical step.

Agne Cerniauskaite

Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

I read that when I come to the UK I may experience a culture shock, but I was so surprised that the culture shock I experienced was that everyone here is so kind, nice and helpful.

Dany Vencatasamy

Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

My MSc has increased greatly my scientific experimental design and data analysis skills and expanded my theoretical knowledge in a number of areas.

Catherine Firth

Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

After graduating from our MSc Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation postgraduate degree, Catherine is now working as a Conservation Knowledge Intern at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Tawny Kershaw

Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

The ability to connect with fellow animal lovers from all different backgrounds (not just veterinary professionals) not only allows me to meet new friends, but also to open up more opportunities within the veterinary field.

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How you’re taught

You'll be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, online learning, and practical sessions.

Independent learning is required, and you'll undertake high-quality research for the Masters awards. You'll research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project, before communicating the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.

Teaching is supported by our Brackenhurst campus - a 200-hectare country estate and working farm. The campus is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme, which supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates. Over the years, a number of rare and endangered species of wildlife have been involved in recovery programmes at Brackenhurst, including yellowhammers and great crested newts.

You will have access to our purpose-built Animal Unit which is home to over 150 animals, from 40 different species. You'll have the opportunity to work with the domestic and exotic species found here, as well as out in the natural habitats on the estate, and further afield on international research projects. You'll also have access to specialised teaching and laboratory facilities.

The academic team who facilitate this course work on endangered species recovery initiatives in several countries, and have established recovery research links in Canada and America, where species recovery is a recognised process supported by government legislation. The team also have links to species recovery programmes in Mauritius, Sweden and South Africa. These links provide opportunities and scope for a wide range of research projects in the field.

Field trip - The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT) was founded by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell over 40 years ago with the mission to save species from extinction. Species that have been recovered include the Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, echo parakeet and Mallorcan midwife toad. Staff from DWCT work in threatened habitats around the world to protect and conserve many endangered species. With its international headquarters in Jersey, the Trust has built up a worldwide reputation for its pioneering conservation techniques. Today, Durrell continues to develop its overseas work in new areas of the world, with a particular focus on vulnerable communities of endemic animals which make such a valuable contribution to global biodiversity.

Students on the course will undertake a field-trip to the DWCT International Training Centre where material supporting the Captive Breeding and Husbandry, and Conservation Genetics modules will be delivered. In addition, the opportunity may exist during this period for students to explore links for conducting their dissertation project with DWCT staff members.

Staff Profiles

Samantha Bremner-Harrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Samantha Bremner-Harrison

Stephen Harrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Stephen Harrison

Richard Yarnell

Associate Professor

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Richard Yarnell (Dr)

Antonio Uzal

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Antonio Uzal FHEA MCIEEM. Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation.

Marcello Di Bonito

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Marcello Di Bonito

Samantha Ward

Senior Lecturer

Animal, Rural & Environmental Science

Samantha Ward

Careers and employability

This course has been designed to enhance employment or research opportunities for graduates from Biology, Conservation, Animal Science degrees.

To enhance your employment prospects NTU has links with organisations including:

  • California State University, Stanislaus, Endangered Species Recovery Program, California, USA, Bakersfield, California, USA
  • California State University, Bakersfield, California, USA
  • California Living Museum (Zoo), Bakersfield, California, USA
  • California Department of Fish and Game, California, USA
  • Center for Land Management, California, USA
  • Institute for Wildlife Studies, California, USA
  • Bakersfield College, California, USA
  • Mauritius Wildlife Foundation
  • Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (Paignton Zoo, Living Coats & Newquay Zoo)
  • Chester Zoo
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Twycross Zoo
  • Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo
  • Blackfeet Indian Reservation Restoration Project, Dept of Fish, Game & Wildlife, Montana, USA
  • Glovers Reef Marine Reserve, Belize
  • IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group
  • IUCN Canid Specialist Group
  • IUCN hyaena specialist group
  • Northwest Parks and Tourism Board, South Africa
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Mammal Research Institute, Poland
  • Earthwatch Institute

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences is located at the University's Brackenhurst campus, an idyllic 200-hectare estate in a rural setting approximately 14 miles from Nottingham. It is close to the picturesque minster town of Southwell and has good public transport and road links with Nottingham.

The campus is an ideal study location with bespoke scientific facilities, teaching resources and accommodation. There is a modern Animal Unit which houses over 250 animals representing over 70 different species. The collection consists mainly of domesticated and exotic species, in settings that are as naturalistic as possible. There are specialist teaching rooms within the Animal Unit which contain various research equipment and essential resources to enhance the learning experience. On campus there are also veterinary and equestrian facilities, a working farm including arable and protected crop production, 200 breeding ewes, a poultry unit, and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle.

Brackenhurst Campus

We have invested over £20 million in our facilities at the Brackenhurst campus over the last few years. Our beautiful 200-hectare estate acts as an outdoor classroom for fieldwork and research. The estate is home to a diverse range of species including kestrels, yellowhammers, hedgehogs, badgers, and great crested newts.

  • Home to around 1,300 students and approximately 14 miles from the city centre.
  • A beautiful countryside estate with woodland, a lake and landscape gardens.
  • Buses every 15-20 minutes throughout the day heading from the campus straight into the heart of the city, giving you the best of both worlds.
  • Access to an animal unit housing over 250 animals and representing over 70 different species.
  • Veterinary and equestrian facilities.
  • A 200 hectare working farm.
  • Latest facilities including our high-tech glasshouse.
  • New library.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

MRes

  • A minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

MSc

  • A minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

What are we looking for?

MRes

  • A minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

MSc

  • A minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for September 2022

Mode of study

Home (UK) tuition fee

Full-time

£8,800

Part-time*

£4,400

*please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni Discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni for September 2020 and January 2021. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on  +44 (0)115 848 2494 or for Scholarship help please contact us on +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Tuition fees for September 2022

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,850

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

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Getting in touch

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Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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