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Land Management - Ecological Conservation MTechMScPgDipPgCert

Cranfield University

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(Option of Land Management MSc) Scholarships available - up to ?9,000 plus UK fees* In the wake of the Rio summit, and the implementation of European legislation (Habitats Directive, Birds Directive and so on), the management of our environment for ecological objectives is a rapidly expanding field of activity. To maintain biodiversity, ecological resources require careful management based on sound scientific principles. This course aims to provide knowledge and develop understanding about the acquisition and management of ecological data for the economic conservation of biodiversity and restoration of damaged ecosystems. It provides the skills to assess, plan, execute and implement programmes of ecological management which reconcile the needs of wildlife and other ecosystem services, such as agriculture, forestry and water management. Students benefit from dedicated laboratories for the study of soil engineering, soil, plant and water interactions, and ecosystem behaviour. New laboratories have specialist capabilities in soil chemistry and biology, and we own land which is used for field trials and research investigations. The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules, two group project modules, an integrated group project and an individual project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the eight modules and the two group projects. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete five modules, a project and a personal development portfolio. The modules Modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. ? Ecological Restoration ? Ecosystem Services - Living with Environmental Limits ? Landscape Ecology ? Environmental Impact Assessment ? Environmental Remote Sensing ? GIS Fundamentals ? Soil Erosion for Catchment Management ? Soil Plant Environment Science Integrated group project This project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a commercially-orientated, consultancy-type project while working in teams under academic supervision. It involves survey design, data collection and analysis, and synthesis and presentation of results to the client. Individual thesis project This project provides an opportunity to concentrate on a particular aspect of soil management. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to research independently, to think and work in an original way, to contribute to knowledge, and to overcome genuine problems in this specialist area of land management. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations. Suitable for science, geography and engineering graduates or professionals from either a science or technical background. The part-time option will allow practitioners to enhance their professional development within their current employment. Takes you on to a number of different career paths, including opportunities with private environmental companies, local authorities, statutory agencies and non-governmental organisations and research organisations. You will be taught by Cranfield's internationally-renowned academic staff and leading industry specialists, who will provide science, technical and management expertise in acquisition and management of ecological data for the economic conservation of biodiversity and management or restoration of ecosystems. Assessment: Taught modules 40%, group project modules 10%, integrated group project 10% (dissertation for part-time students), individual thesis project 40%. *Full time students only. Conditions apply, details on application.

(Option of Land Management MSc) Scholarships available - up to ?9,000 plus UK fees* In the wake of the Rio summit, and the implementation of European legislation (Habitats Directive, Birds Directive and so on), the management of our environment for ecological objectives is a rapidly expanding field of activity. To maintain biodiversity, ecological resources require careful management based on...

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