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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 21.3k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 28.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 18 Tháng mười một
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1333pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    The MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management aims to provide a critical and conceptually sophisticated understanding of biodiversity science and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which management and policy decisions are made. The second year is devoted to researching and writing a thesis of 30,000 words.  

    The MPhil is a two year course. In the first year, you will take the coursework associated with the MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management. The course design is informed by the recognition that biodiversity conservation, as a domain of science and policy, needs to become more contextual and multi-level in its conception. The course content is rooted in our established strengths in conservation biogeography, strategy and governance and in research design. The course design also responds to the rise of market-based conservation including engagements with enterprise and the transformative potential of new technologies.

    The specific course objectives are to develop your abilities to:

    • critically engage with concepts and theory in biodiversity science and management from interdisciplinary perspectives and at an advanced level
    • describe by whom and by what space and territory is produced and governed in conservation over time
    • critically assess the modes through which conservation builds and extends power and describe in detail the factors that explain the emergence and performance of different governance modes
    • appreciate the role of ethics, values and norms in producing culturally attuned and effective conservation interventions
    • embrace the implications of new technological forces for the future of biodiversity science and management
    • link theory, hypothesis, methods, data and field work so as to identify and develop advanced research questions and design.

    The objectives are delivered through nine core modules, covering conservation landscapes, conservation biogeography, conservation governance, ecosystems, biodiversity informatics, conservation and society, environmental economics and policy, and research design and research methods.

    Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars and workshops which provide in-depth exploration of key issues. The elective modules offer a tutorial-style teaching and discussion environment within smaller groups, based on a suite of contemporary research themes that reflect the specific interests of core faculty and visiting research associates. The teaching aim is to foster discussion and debate between academic staff and students to identify and explore theory, methods and practice in an academic space that encourages a critical dialogue. In the second year you will work on your thesis project with the support of a specialist supervisor.

    There is a week long fieldtrip during the Easter vacation and day field classes through the year. 

    At the end of the first year you take the examinations associated with the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. You must pass the examinations taken at the end of the first year in order to proceed into the second year. In the first year there are two assessed essays linked to elective courses.

    The second year is devoted to researching and writing a thesis of 30,000 words. The research topic will be devised in your first year and, once approved; a supervisor will be allocated to you. The thesis accounts for half the marks for the degree. In addition, in the second year you will take a further elective course, assessed by a submitted essay.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    program_requirements

    1. Academic ability

    Proven and potential academic excellence

    Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline.

    For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.

    No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

    2. English language requirement

    Test

    Standard level scores

    Higher level scores

    IELTS Academic 
    Institution code: 0713

    7.0 Minimum 6.5 per component  7.5  Minimum 7.0 per component 

    TOEFL iBT 
    Institution code: 0490

    100

    Minimum component scores:

    • Listening: 22
    • Reading: 24
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 24
    110

    Minimum component scores:

    • Listening: 22
    • Reading: 24
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 24
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 185

    Minimum 176 per component

    191 

    Minimum 185 per component

    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 185

    Minimum 176 per component

    191 

    Minimum 185 per component

    3. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

    • Three references (letters of recommendation)
    • Official transcript(s) of previous university-level degrees
    • CV/résumé
    • Personal statement:2,500 words
    • Written work:One essay of 2,000 words 
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