Conservation Studies

University of St Andrews


The MSc Conservation Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to conservation theory and practice. It brings together students and academic staff from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, but with a shared passion for conservation.

Our growing understanding of ecosystems, ecosystem services, and biodiversity suggests that conservation of the environment is crucial to humankind's survival. However, there are significant challenges to effective conservation.

Firstly, there is a need for further advances in scientific understanding and data collection. The MSc Conservation Studies provides advanced training in data collection and analysis and the design of ecological studies with the opportunity for you to develop fieldwork, mathematical computing, and experimental skills.

Secondly, there is the need to inform and engage the public, managers, and decision makers. On the MSc Conservation Studies, you will explore conflicts between different human agencies, engage with conservation policy and governance at different scales (local, national, and international), and consider the relationship between the public, science, and policy.

Entry Requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree.

You should have a keen interest in conservation and the scientific methods that underpin conservation policy, and be able to demonstrate this through one of the following: a Higher in a science or environmental subject; undergraduate modules in ecology, biology or environmental sciences; relevant professional experience.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Faculty of Arts


Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals