Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev (Online Learning) The University of Edinburgh
This online learning programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to conservation management.
It draws together expertise from within the University of Edinburgh's Global Health Academy and partner global associates to deliver high-quality teaching and research in the field of Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health.
You will assess all aspects of ecosystems, aiming to conserve and maintain their sustainability in both the developing and developed world.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Academies.
Our online learning technology is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 15th in the World in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
This programme has been designed to help you find work in environmental, intergovernmental, national and international agencies, as well as lobby groups, NGOs and other research groups.
The programme is delivered using innovative online learning. It involves a mixed teaching approach that includes independent study and reflection, as well as online discussion and group project work.
Year 1: Certificate
You study the following areas:
- Evolution and Biodiversity
- Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
- Environmental Ethics and Governance
Year 2: Diploma
You will choose six elective courses from the following:
- Behavioural Flexibility
- Climate Change, Policy and Practice
- Connecting Environment and Society
- Conservation and Conflict
- Conservation Genetics
- Ecosystem Resilience and Extreme Events
- Innovative Approaches to Health Challenges Across Disciplines
- An Introduction to Transboundary Diseases
- Introduction to GIS and Spatial Data Analysis
- Introduction to Wildlife Forensics
- Invasive Non-Native Species
- Land Use and Food Security
- Managing and Leading Conservation Projects
- Reflections on Professional Development
- Science Communication and Engagement for Practice
- Species Translocations
- The Marine Environment
- The Modern Zoo
- The Use of Artificial Reproduction Technologies in Threatened Species
- Understanding Environmental Law
- Water and Sanitation
- Wildlife Trade
- Wildlife, Animal Health and Environment
- Zoonotic Disease
Elective courses are subject to minimum student numbers and timetabling restrictions.
Year 3: Masters
You complete your own choice of a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Master, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses, you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to study towards a higher award on a Master, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout the year you may only start a Master, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Master, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Scholarships and Funding
The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. We publish data on the success rate for scholarship applications to help you understand the level of demand.
UK government postgraduate loans
If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.
The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:
- your programme
- the duration of your studies
- your tuition fee status
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.