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Postgraduate applicants

MSc Conservation Management

To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.

Suggested reading

You will be given far more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies.

Below is a list of selected reading materials. It is not suggested that you read all of these, but by selecting a few they will give you a flavour of issues raised during the course and start you thinking about relevant topics.

Suggested reading materials

Useful websites

Our course is accredited by CIEEM – you may find it useful to become familiar with their website and the competencies framework.

In advance of the placement module you may find it useful to begin exploring or make a list of organisations that are local to you (e.g. Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, National Trust, ecological consultancies) and think about the type of you place you would like to go to. If you are not sure – no problem! You tutors will be there to help guide you and help you organise it when you start on the course.

Things to do now

To help you prepare for your studies, you may find it useful to try the following activities:

Field work

Your induction sessions

Tuesday 27 September – Introductory field day

Your programme begins at 9am with an introductory field day (including a 4-6 mile walk).

Transport is provided but please bring a packed lunch and dress appropriately for the weather (walking boots, full waterproofs, warm clothes, water and a flask of hot drink most likely).

Please meet at 9am in the Bioscience Building downstairs foyer. This field day includes an introduction to techniques required for the GIS module assessment, so is a mandatory part of the course. Expect to return by 6pm.

If you have any concerns or health conditions we should be aware of for fieldwork, please let the programme leader know at least two weeks in advance.  Email: [email protected]

Friday 30 September – Course introduction and module introductions

  • 9am – 1pm. Course introduction, introduction to MCM4006 (Placement module). Room location to be confirmed.
  • 2pm – 6pm. Training from Learning Services including introduction, getting started with the digital library, and, disability and assistive technology support

W/C 3 October

Regular classes begin. For the first Semester these will be Tuesdays and Fridays (9am-6pm) for full time students and Tuesdays only for part time students*. You will receive the full timetable for the year at the induction.

*Part time students should note that there will be a training on Friday 18th November, 2pm-6pm. Personal tutor meetings will also take place on other days, since take up the full day on Tuesdays. These meetings can take place online.

Meet your programme lead: