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Rural Environmental Conservation & Management

MSc(Agr) Rural Environmental Conservation & Management

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The Masters in Rural Environmental Conservation & Management enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the rural landscape, the environmental challenges facing it and to develop the necessary skill set to respond to these challenges. This is facilitated through an integrated assessment of the complex relationships between land management practices (particularly agricultural practices), environmental conditions (climatic, geological etc), national and international policy, and the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources within the rural landscape.

- The emphasis placed on understanding the implications (positive and negative) of agricultural management on natural and cultural resources, makes this a unique programme in the area of rural conservation and management.

- Students have the opportunity to undertake field trips, will acquire practical field skills such as plant identification, and have an opportunity to implement these skills within projects.

- Students will receive contributions from a range of experts relevant to rural conservation management.

Entry requirements

- Applicants must hold hold the equivalent of a minimum Lower Second Class Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in a Biological Science, Environmental Science or Animal Science degree programme from a recognised higher education institution.

- Applicants from other disciplines may be considered if they include strong evaluation, analytical and communication skills and have experience of working in the area.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Duration

1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

MSc(Agr) Rural Environmental Conservation & Management (D029) Part Time

MSc(Agr) Rural Environmental Conservation & Management (D054) Full Time

Number of credits

Students must complete 60 credits of Taught Modules. In addition to the 60 credits of taught modules, students registered to the Masters must complete a 30 credit Minor Thesis

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science respond to many of the major global challenges such as population growth, global warming, biodiversity, food security and food and health issues. Consequently, the opportunities for graduates globally in this discipline are excellent.

There are a range of potential employers for graduates from this programme including government departments, local authorities, county councils, Environmental Protection Agencies and a range of national and international NGOs. In addition, suitable candidates may progress to PhD study.

Related Programmes
MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management FT
MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation FT
MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management FT
MSc(Agr) Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Karen Holland
Contact Number: +353 (0) 1 716 7193

Subjects taught

Students must complete 60 credits of Taught Modules. In addition to the 60 credits of taught modules, students registered to the Masters must complete a 30 credit Minor Thesis.

Stage 1 - Core
Data Analysis for Biologists
AESC40180
Research Project (AESC) 2
AESC40370
Functional Biodiversity
AESC40380
Human Impact on the Environment
AESC40390
Seminar Presentation
AESC40400
Geographic Information Systems
AESC40420
Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital
AESC40440
Rural Habitat Management
AESC40450
Literature Review(AESC)
AESC40460
Practical Research Skills
AESC40470
Archaeological Heritage
ARCH40550

Stage 1 - Option
Wildlife Conservation
AESC40150
One Health
AESC40360
Rural Planning & Environ. Law
AESC40430

Comment

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This MSc (Agr) Rural Environmental Conservation & Management is designed for those interested in the management and sustainable use of our natural resources and the rural environment. It is equally appropriate for those currently working within the agri-environment sector and who wish to upskill, or for graduates who wish to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain employment within this challenging but very rewarding area.

Assessment method

Assessment is by examination (continuous assessment), reports and a research project.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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