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.

BCM is one of the leading inter-disciplinary conservation post-graduate degrees. 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 think across disciplinary boundaries, ask the right questions and know a rigorous answer when you find it.

This MSc has graduated over 280 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 questions in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management and enhance your ability to become a change agent and leader in the field.

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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 and our teaching staff.

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 who should apply for this course, fees and funding, how to choose a college and frequently asked questions.

Info for current students

Course information, timetables, and teaching materials for current students are provided through the Canvas VLE and on our Intranet.

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

SoGE Alumni Network

With over 5,000 former geography undergraduates as well as more than 1,500 Masters and DPhil graduates the SoGE Alumni Network is a growing source of professional contacts, knowledge, and advice.

Contact us

For more info on the course, please contact:

Dr Chloe  Stevens

Dr Chloë Strevens
Course Director, MSc/MPhil in BCM


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