Applied Ecology and Conservation MRes/aec

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or above in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience, and with professional qualifications.
Conservation and Resource Management mres

Module details

Students must choose one optional module across semester one, in consultation with the Programme Director.

Compulsory modules

Applied Ecology & Conservation Field Course (ENVS431)
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
AimsThis module aims seeks to equip students with an in-depth understanding of current conservation issues and approaches, principally linked to rewilding. The module aims to provide an authentic learning experience by immersing students within the landscape and context of the conservation issues and provide them with opportunities to explore the conservation issues themselves, including using standard methods of ecological assessment. 
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Design experiments, and collect, analyse and interpret ecological data

    ​Critically evaulate conservation approaches to rewilding and develop an understanding of public perceptions and values of this.

    Communicate complex scenarios to the public and policy makers
    Develop an understanding of the conflicts posed byhuman activity in areas of conservation concern and solutions being implementedto address these 

    ​Apply team work for the production of an oral presentation

    Advanced Statistics for Biological Research (LIFE707)
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50

    The aim of this module is to  enable students to analyse biological data by

    1. Choice of appropriate statistical approaches to test hypotheses;

    2. Critical understanding of the use of a range of advanced statistical tests for appropriate analysis and model fitting  of a range of biological datasets;

    3. Using the software package, R.

    4. Synthesizing information, summarising statistical findings and using  hypothesis testing to critically review  evidence from experimental data to support conclusions.

      Learning Outcomes

      Illustrate and explain the methods of hypothesis testing

      Critically evaluate experimental design(s) used in data collection and then apply the appropriate statistical test(s).​

      Design data collection methods appropriate to rigorous data analysis​

      Synthesise information from data analysis, test statistical hypotheses and critically review evidence to support conclusions.​

      Advanced Conservation Biology (ENVS423)
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      AimsThe aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of thevariety of approaches used in conservation and the value of a long-termperspective.

      Specifically the module aims to provide students with:

      • An understanding of changes in paradigms underlying ecology andconservation
      • An understanding of the strategies used in conservation management, insitu, ex situ, and from global to local
      • An insight into the science of restoration ecology
      • Enable students to develop specific skills includingessay writing, presentations, critical evaluation
      • Help students to gain both team-building skills and the abilityto plan and execute work independently.​

      Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

      Understand and summarize how ecological andconservation paradigms have changed over time

      ​Demonstrate knowledge of strategies and approaches used in conservation management

      Critique and analyse published materials and synthesize into appropriate argument

      ​Design, orally communicate and critique approaches to conservation management.

      Dissertation - Mres Environmental Sciences (ENVS497)
      Credit level120
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

      To develop the ability to carry out an individual research project building on the knowledge and skills acquired elsewhere in the programme.

      Learning Outcomes

      In a format suitable for their programme and discipline area, students will demonstrate the ability to:            

      ​Execute an individual research project

      ​Seek appropriate advice and support when necessary and plan their time accordingly

      ​Select appropriate research strategies and undertake appropriate methods of data collection and analysis

      ​Keep clear records of their project and present these in a portfolio of research evidence

      ​Be able to synthesize different information sources to form coherent arguments and relate research findings to relevant applied issues

      ​Write up the results of the research project and interpret the findings in light of the broader knowledge base and literature

      ​Use bibliographies, referencing and citations in the appropriate and correct manner to support their academic work undertaken.

      Optional modules

      Geographic Information Science (ENVS609)
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

      ​Understand how digital representations of the real world can be created within a GIS including the referencing of geographic features

      To gain familiarity with the unique properties of geographic data including spatial autocorrelation and modifiable areal units

      Appreciate that there are uncertainties in the creation of geographic representations

      Develop skills in the basic use of GIS to create digital representations and underatnd their constraints within a framework of GIScience​

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Gain a sound understanding of the function, concepts  and features of a Geographic Information System

      ​Understand those constraints and considerations that are required when implementing a GIS to build geographic representations

      ​Develop practical skills in the application of a GIS to those data types often associated with a student''s disciplinary area

      Research in Anthropocene Environments (ENVS485)
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

      The aim of this module is to provide students with:

      • The opportunity to conduct in depth piece of research on a chosen topic within the broad theme of anthropocene environments.
      • Provide students with training in research methods and critical analysis techniques
      • Teach them to write a short concise abstract (in a conference format)
      • To present the results in the form of a high impact, high quality poster and present it in front of a large group.

      Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate an understanding of anthropocene environments;

        ​2. Knowledge of a series of key case studies illustrating interactions between human activities and terrestrial and marine ecosystems;

        ​3. Critically analyse and assess previously published materials and synthesize into an appropriate case study;

        ​4. Write a concise abstract;

        ​5. Demonstrate knowledge of poster development and construction;

        ​6. Present a poster in a professional manner.