Environmental Conservation, PGDip/MSc

Environmental Conservation, PGDip/MSc

This programme is for individuals already working in environmental conservation who seek to broaden or update their knowledge, and for graduates who wish to become professionally involved in conservation and environmental management.

Professional and conservation organisations have advised on the content of this degree, ensuring strong links between the programme and the needs of the conservation industry and it has received two awards for 'Best Practice' from the CIEEM. The programme is structured around six compulsory courses that integrate theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary conservation and environmental management.

Students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of modern-day conservation and environmental management, and gain a practical understanding of ecological techniques and strategies. They also acquire the skills to critically apply environmental management techniques and methods to practical situations and to understand decision making processes and the underlying criteria and values. In addition, they gain specific knowledge and skills through their chosen optional courses.

During June to September students undertake a research project in a specialist area of their choice, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There is a high component of practical work including fieldtrips.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide a broad-based understanding of the current issues facing practitioners
  • To equip graduates to develop a career in the environmental sector
  • To enable students to develop a portfolio of skills and specialist knowledge of a particular area during the research project.


Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Science


Medway Campus


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An appropriate first degree, normally at 2.1 or above, in an ecological, scientific or environmental management discipline

OR relevant personal/professional experience.

* Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

* Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but should contact the Programme Leader via science-queries@gre.ac.uk.


Students are assessed through assessments, coursework and examinations that are practically focused using real-world examples and case studies. Portfolios demonstrating competencies are an important component and provide a tangible record to show potential employers.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by and maintains strong links with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers with conservation organisations in the UK and overseas, including central and local government, environmental consultancies, non-governmental organisations, business, the media and environmental education.

Course content

  • Principles and Practice of Environmental Conservation (15 credits)
  • Environmental Law and Policy (15 credits)
  • Restoration Ecology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Postgraduates (15 credits)
  • Techniques in Applied Ecology (30 credits)
  • Introduction to GIS (15 credits)
  • Environmental Conservation Project (60 credits)
  • Options include: Environmental Impact Assessment; Ecology and Conservation of Estuaries and Coastal Zones and Managing Tourism in Protected Areas (15 credits)

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

"It has been an absolutely wonderful experience doing environmental conservation at the University of Greenwich. The course has provided me with the skills needed to tackle various environmental issues. I have certainly learnt a lot from the course and I'm looking forward to taking that knowledge forward into the future".

Gozie Chuka-Okeke, Nigeria, MSc Environmental Conservation graduate

“I completed my MSc thesis comparing organic agriculture in the UK and Bangladesh. I have now returned to Bangladesh and am teaching at Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, one of the best public universities of Bangladesh. Here, I am serving as a Lecturer of Department of Environmental Science and Resource Management. I strongly believe I picked the right course at the University of Greenwich."

Ashrafub Nessa, Bangladesh, MSc Environmental Conservation graduate

"I studied environmental biology during my first degree which gave me a little knowledge about the general aspect of the environment. But undergoing the MSc Environmental Conservation at the University of Greenwich opened my eyes and also helped me understand more about our environment and what’s happening to it, plus the possible ways to mitigate these."

Abdullahi Hassan Gana, Nigeria, MSc Environmental Conservation graduate

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