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Postgraduate Ecological and Sustainability Degrees

Queen's University

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Managing sustainability is one of the most challenging and rapidly growing areas in both the public and private sectors.

With increasing recognition of the impact of a world living beyond its means, the commitment to sustainable development to meet the needs of present generations without jeopardising those of the future has never been more apparent.

There is unprecedented pressure on the environment due to exploitation, habitat degradation and loss, climate change, invasive species, pollution and emerging diseases. Queens University offers a range of Ecological, Conservation and Sustainability Postgraduate Taught degrees so you can be part of something to help address these problems.

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Ecological Management and Conservation Biology

The programme has a backbone of taught academic lectures covering the full spectrum of subjects contained within conservation biology and consists of six modules in total with a choice of an academic or work placement research project in the last semester for MSc students. 

Each week students will be able to experience either a physical or virtual field trip to observe the practicalities of what you’ve learned in class and to see ecological management application in-the-field.

This MSc will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in conservation or ecological consultancy. To date, graduates of the course have been employed by a range of non-governmental organisations (for example ORCA, The Irish Wildlife Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust), governmental organisations (NIEA and AFBI) and consultancies (including AECOM, WSP, WYG and RPS). Graduates have also progressed into research at various universities.

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Leadership for Sustainable Development

This innovative conversion master’s programme is open to applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds and promotes leadership and embraces action-based, experiential learning, facilitated through a series of lectures, work placements and group projects.

Students carry out two eight-week work-based learning placements in their second semester with the option to choose between a third eight-week work placement, or to undertake a taught module in their third semester. These placements provide experiences of sustainable development and leadership thereof in a wide range of organisations. These aim to help students become sustainable development 'champions' who can identify and address problems of sustainability in innovative ways and further mainstream sustainable development across all sectors and at all levels. The year-long group project requires several students to work with an organisation of their choice to explore sustainable solutions to a specific problem

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Internationally Renowned Experts

You will taught by staff with research profiles of international standing, with a wide range of interests in ecological management and conservation biology covering taxa from algae to mammals and environments from marine to terrestrial. Laboratory facilities and access to field facilities are excellent and include a fully equipped Marine Laboratory at Portaferry on Strangford Lough.


Why Choose Queen's

Top 170 in the world for graduate prospects

(QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022)
World-class university

‘One of the world’s most beautiful universities’ (Huffington Post), Queen’s is the 9th oldest university in the UK, established in 1845 with over 170 years of teaching excellence.

The UK's Best Value Student City

Belfast has the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2023)

Employment potential

Queen's offers opportunities for work placements, industry-led programmes and ground breaking research projects.92% of Queen’s graduates were in employment and/or further study 15 months after completing their course

State-of-the-art facilities

Be taught by world-leading researchers and experts in their field in state-of-the-art facilities. 15 Queen’s subjects in the top 200 in the world (QS World Rankings by subject 2023)



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