MRes / MSc

Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

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.

Why choose this course?

  • This course achieved the Highly Commended Award from the Prospects Postgraduate Awards in 2014.
  • You can undertake an international 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 and Conservation Genetics modules are delivered.
  • Brackenhurst campus offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience.
  • Members of the course team have research links with international organisations, specifically the Course Leader, holding an ongoing adjunct professor position with California State University.
  • You will enjoy a new, 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library.

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 in North America, Sweden and South Africa.

  • Modules

    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 coursework (40%) and an exam (60%)

    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 invasive species (plant and animal), 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, scat dietary analysis, surveying methods, and animal capture and handling techniques. 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 field 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
    • contraception for animals to be used in reintroduction or translocation
    • rearing, pre-release preparation, and training

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

    Teaching of this module, and the Conservation Genetics 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)

    Research in depth a chosen topic area related to endangered species recovery and conservation. Design and implement a relevant research project with a strong aspect of originality. Communicate the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.

    This module is assessed by coursework (100%)
  • Deciding between an MRes and an MSc

    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 PrioritiesOptional*Included
    Species Recovery: Theories, Methods and TechniquesIncludedIncluded
    Captive Breeding and HusbandryOptional*Included
    Conservation GeneticsOptional*Included
    Geographical Information Systems (GIS)Optional*Included
    Research Methods and Data AnalysisIncludedIncluded
    Research ProjectIncludedIncluded

    *Choose one of the optional modules

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Students on the course will undertake a field-trip to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust International Training Centre.

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.

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

Entry requirements

For 2018 entry you will need:

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.

Other requirements : Work experience in a relevant field

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 email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

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.

Writing your application

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

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.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time (1 year)£7,800£13,900
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

*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 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. 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.

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time (1 year)£7,800£13,900
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

*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.

For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University, please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you're an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships.

Please visit our international scholarships page for details.

You'll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

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