Will Bevan

Conservation and Resource Management MSc

Why did you choose master’s study at the University of Liverpool?

I had already completed an undergraduate degree in Zoology at Liverpool, graduating in 2014, and was always considering a postgraduate degree at the University. It was just a question of which degree to do and when I would go. I had a great experience as an undergraduate, and the range of modules and research project choices meant that it was easy to tailor the course to my specific interests. I also love the city of Liverpool and it’s a fantastic place to live, which made returning all the more appealing. 

What’s the best thing about studying in your department?

I enjoy being in an environment with like-minded students and researches who share similar interests and are always prepared to help if needed and willing to discuss their own research with you, from which you may learn something that in turn helps your overall understanding. There are always a wide range of seminars from both internal and external speakers, and these can be a chance to discover areas of research you may not have looked into before. 

How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?

The facilities in University are invaluable, with the libraries open 24 hours a day in term time and virtually unlimited access to a wide range of books and journals. There is also computer access across the campus in a number of buildings, and you can use the University website to check the availability of computers at any given time. 

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

For my project this year I have been lucky in that my research is based on Puffin Island, North Wales, an uninhabited island which is the breeding site for a number of seabird species during the spring and summer. For me this has been a dream come true as I have always wanted to work with seabirds, and have gained a lot of experience from the research I have undertaken as well as other conservation and research work which takes place on the island. Experiences such as this are what make it worthwhile, and with the master’s degree there is a good opportunity to be able to gain experience in fieldwork projects such as this.

How do you believe undertaking a master’s will help your career prospects?

I believe that a postgraduate degree shows that you have made a considered decision to continue your studies and further the interests that you developed in your undergraduate degree. The specialisation of the master’s degree and the environment in which you do it help you gain a greater degree of independence and confidence in your academic studies and research, which open doors with regards to applying for PhD’s or employment. 

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

My advice would be that if you are considering it then you should go for it. Also have a good look at the variety of courses on offer and speak to those who are studying or have finished a postgraduate degree, as you may discover a course you didn’t know existed and is more suited to your interests or career ambitions. Initially I was planning on studying Advanced Biological Sciences, but after a year or two out doing volunteer conservation work and after speaking to friends, as well as looking at the courses on the University website, I found that the Conservation and Resource Management degree was more suited to me. 

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