Special Topics in Conservation - DICE8830

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


This module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a detailed analysis or review of a specific topic of interest that relates directly to their programme of study. The topic will be decided upon after consultation with the relevant member of staff and agreed by the Programme Convenor and Director of Graduate Studies. The topic of interest may be explored using one or more of the following approaches: comprehensive literature review, systematic evidence review, collection and analysis of a small field data set, analysis of an existing data set, laboratory practical exercise, computer modelling. The topic of interest must be addressed by framing it within a clearly defined goal, and the approach used must allow a clear conclusion to be reached.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 5

Private study hours: 145

Total study hours: 150


MSc Conservation Biology
MSc Conservation and Tourism
MSc Conservation and International Wildlife Trade
MSc Conservation and Rural Development
MSc Conservation Project Management

Method of assessment

Written report (100%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% project.

Indicative reading

Pechenik, J. and Lamb, B. (1996) How to Write About Biology. Prentice Hall; New Ed edition
Robson, R. and McCartan, K. (2016). Real World Research: A Resource for Users of Social Research Methods in Applied Settings. John Wiley & Sons (4th Ed.)
Sutherland, W.J. (1998). Conservation Science and Action. Blackwell: Oxford.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 gain an in depth understanding and knowledge of one particular advanced topic in conservation that relates directly to the programme of study.
8.2 gain an in depth understanding of how the topic of choice relates to wider biodiversity issues in both the natural and/or social sciences.
8.3 use a range of tools for synthesising and analysing data in the specific field of research.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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