Managing Protected Areas - DICE8410

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Bob Smith checkmark-circle


Protected areas are a mainstay of global conservation policy, with more than 17% of the terrestrial realm and 8% of the marine realm under some type of protection. In this module students will be introduced to the key concepts needed to understand protected area management and policy at the national and international level. The following indicative topics will form the basis of lectures, seminars and field trip around which the module will be taught: the history of protected areas and relevant international policies and commitments; current definitions of protected area based on management categories and governance types; management planning and measuring protected area management effectiveness; economic issues relating to protected areas; designing protected area networks to form representative ecological networks.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 18

Private study hours: 132

Total study hours: 150


MSc Conservation and cognate pathways

Method of assessment

Written assignment - 3000 words (100%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Have a critical awareness of the current problems that relate to protected areas and their impacts on people and biodiversity;
2. Have a systematic understanding of the governance and management of protected areas, informed by insights at the forefront of their academic discipline;
3. Have a deep understanding of protected area management effectiveness and the ability to systematically and creatively make sound judgements on the advantages and disadvantages of the different assessment approaches;
4. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems by bringing together a range of biodiversity, conservation, socio-economic and social data to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the protected area approach;
5. Have a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and principles underpinning the design of effective and representative protected area networks.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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