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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is my background appropriate for the course?

The MSc/MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management accepts candidates from a range of backgrounds: these include natural / environmental, science, physical science, economics, politics, law, humanities. Please see our information on who should apply, and why for more detail.

2. What level of written and spoken English do I have to have?

To register for our course, you will be required to prove your written and spoken English language abilities. If you do not already have these qualifications, please see the University of Oxford's Graduate admission English language requirements for information on the minimum English scores accepted by the University.

3. Are there any funding opportunities for the course?

There are a number of scholarships available at Oxford University, especially for overseas students. Details of funding opportunities available to you can be found on the University's Fees and funding webpage. More information is also provided on our main Graduate fees and funding webpage.

Please also see the BCM Fees and Funding webpage which provides further information.

4. Is there further information on the course?

If you have only seen the information on the main Oxford University website, then there is plenty of additional information on our website.

For information on studying at the School of Geography and the Environment's International Graduate School, including our admission criteria, please see our International Graduate School webpages.

For more information on the MSc/MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, please look through these course webpages.

5. What sort of jobs will the course qualify me for?

The aim of the course is to train future leaders, managers and policy makers in biodiversity, conservation and natural resource management. Thus the course teaches conservation as a dynamic discipline integral to all the major areas of human concern - judicial reform, political economy, religion, spatial planning, poverty alleviation, human and institutional capacity, agriculture, and population growth, in addition to the hard science of biodiversity. Past graduates have gone on to obtain positions in a range of leading conservation and academic organisations. Examples include policy positions in government departments (e.g. UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), management positions in global conservation NGOs such as Conservation International and WWF, environmental and conservation consultancies, and international bodies such as IUCN. A significant number of students use the course as a gateway to start DPhil/PhD research and several past students are doing doctorates within the department.