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This course aims to provide the scientific knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and implementing biodiversity management.


Biodiversity managers make decisions based on understanding ecosystems and by applying ecological principles to achieve their objectives. This course covers key scientific topics, which are crucial for developing effective biodiversity management plans in different ecosystems. It exemplifies how ecological-social-economic factors interact to influence our ability to conserve and manage biodiversity.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development

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About this course

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This course aims to provide the scientific knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and implementing biodiversity management across different ecosystems and under different environmental changes. It will enhance understanding of how human activities are responsible for widespread losses of biodiversity and how this in turn can negatively affect the delivery of multiple ecosystem services. It will address what set of ecological-social-economic factors needs to be considered when developing biodiversity management plans.

The course is designed for those environment-related employment who wish to develop their careers by updating their knowledge and skills. It aims to satisfy an industrial and public sector demand for environmental scientists. The course is also aimed at new graduates who lack professional experience in environment management.

Linked programmes

PgDip/MSc Environmental Management, PgDip/MSc Environmental Management and Geographic Information Systems, PgDip/MSc Geographic Information Systems,


100% Coursework - (1) Short essay (1500 words) discussing biodiversity loss and ecosystem service delivery (30%), (2) Short report (2000 words) based on biodiversity data analysis requiring the application of knowledge and skills related to data input, integration and analysis (30%) and (3) Biodiversity management plan for a specific ecosystem (4000 words) considering what ecological-social-economic factors could influence biodiversity management and conservation (40%).


This course is delivered online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements starting 29 January 2018.

Entry requirements

Degree in science or other relevant discipline.

English Language Requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Start dates

  • 29 January 2018
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

Start dates

  • 29 January 2018

Fees and funding

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Scholarships, awards and prizes

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