Biodiversity, Conservation and Management must constantly adapt to retain its salience in policy and society. This requires researchers and practitioners trained in the biological, social and political dimensions of conservation and with the ability to think flexibly and innovatively at the intersection of theory, policy and action.

The syllabus focuses on the dynamic landscape of scientific, social, technological, economic and environmental change that is creating new demands on biodiversity science and policy but which is also generating new thinking and innovation. It is a forward looking syllabus that will equip you with the conceptual tools to ask the right questions and know a rigorous answer when you find it.

This MSc has graduated over 250 students since its' creation in 2003. Our network of alumni is active throughout the world: graduates of the programme are enjoying careers in research, policy, management and activism in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Completing this course will equip you with the insight, skills and networks to recast question in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management and enhance your ability to become future leaders in the field.

Oxford MSc BCM 2003-2013

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About the course

Our one-year full-time MSc course develops knowledge and critical understanding of conservation and biodiversity science and practice, and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which policy and management decisions are made.

Find out more about the structure of this course, core and elective modules, field trips, meet our teaching staff, and view the current year's course handbook.
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Who should apply, and why

Candidates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply so long as they can demonstrate academic excellence and a passion for biodiversity conservation issues.

We welcome applications for the 2-year MPhil version of the course, which features an extended (15 month) research project and potential conversion to a doctorate (DPhil) via the 2+2 route.

Find out more about how to apply for this course, fees and funding, how to choose a college and frequently asked questions.
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Info for current students

Course information, timetables, and teaching materials for current students are provided through our Intranet and WebLearn.

Please also see the main University of Oxford Student Gateway for more information.

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The School is currently working to improve alumni relations across its graduate and undergraduate programmes. For more information please see our Alumni webpages.

Contact us

For more info on the course, please contact:

Dr Paul Jepson

Dr Paul Jepson
Course Director, MSc in BCM
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 275896

Please note: The actual course content may vary from the information provided online and should therefore be taken to be indicative rather than tightly prescriptive.