The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
PGDip in Endangered Species Recovery
NEW 2013: Combined DICE and Durrell programme based in Mauritius (subject to approval)
A new Postgraduate Diploma programme in Endangered Species Recovery is currently being developed by DICE that will capitalise on its long-standing links with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Durrell) and the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation (MWF). Students registered on this University of Kent diploma will be based entirely on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean where they will be immersed within a world-renowned species and habitat restoration programme, spear-headed by MWF in collaboration with Durrell. This exciting and novel approach to postgraduate training will enable students to learn cutting-edge conservation techniques and gain world-class hands-on experience in the field.
This unique programme, which will combine an academic qualification with intensive in situ fieldwork experience on Mauritius, will be administered as one of DICEs portfolio of postgraduate programmes in conservation science and management within the School of Anthropology and Conservation.
Durrell is one of the foremost species conservation organisations in the world, having recovered many endangered species from critically low numbers through intensive, hands-on species management. Durrell therefore compliments DICE’s academic credentials with its evidence-based species recovery efforts on the ground.
Both DICE and Durrell have a long-term partnership in conservation research and training with MWF, the organisation which has successfully led the recovery efforts for a large number of threatened endemic species. MWF’s work has already saved a minimum of five endemic species from extinction, as well as pioneering ecosystem recovery techniques for restoring whole-island ecosystems.
Students on this new University of Kent programme will benefit from the practical, evidence-based approach to conservation that is the hallmark of Durrell and MWF, alongside the international academic reputation of DICE. You will learn through hands-on practical training the cutting-edge field techniques involved in endangered species recovery and habitat restoration. In addition you will learn the leadership, management and facilitation skills you will need to run your own conservation projects.
Students will complete the programme equipped in the theory and practice of endangered species and habitat recovery, having acquired field experience in one of the world’s most successful species and habitat restoration programmes.
(Images are courtesy of Jamie Copsey, Durrell and Vikash Tatyah, MWF)
Enquiries should be made to Dr Jim Groombridge: J.Groombridge@kent.ac.uk
The Academic Programme
- PGDip taken over five months, expected to commence in March 2013
The course consistes of four taught modules with associated components of self-directed study, and one module that consists of a series of field techniques and skills-development workshops interspersed with components of self-directed study throughout the programme.back to top
The required modules:
- Biology and ecology of small populations
- Techniques for recovering endangered species
- Leading and managing conservation projects
- Conservation education and stakeholder management
- Pilot project in Endangered Species Recovery
All entrants must comply with the standard University of Kent entrance requirements, including the English language requirements (see University prospectus for current requirements). In addition, entrants must meet one or more of the following:
• A first class or good second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.
• A good honours degree in other subjects together with relevant practical experience.
• Applicants may also be admitted without a first degree if their professional career has been such as to allow them to pursue the course and study and achieve the necessary academic standard.
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Dr. Lee Durrell MBE, Honorary Director Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust:
"This is an extraordinary and unique opportunity for postgraduate students intending to devote their careers to biodiversity conservation. They will experience the nitty-gritty of field conservation, work with iconic species and learn from the best and the brightest how to save species from extinction."
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