Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
This programme has been designed to help you find work in environmental, intergovernmental, national and international agencies, as well as lobby groups, NGOs and other research groups.
The programme is delivered using innovative online learning. It involves a mixed teaching approach that includes independent study and reflection, as well as online discussion and group project work.
Year 1: Certificate
You will study the following areas:
- Evolution and Biodiversity
- Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
- Ecosystems and Governance
- Conservation Ethics
Year 2: Diploma
You will choose six elective courses from the following:
- Climate Change, Policy and Practice
- Communication and Public Engagement of Conservation
- Connecting Environment and Society
- Conservation Genetics
- Ecosystem Resilience and Extreme Events
- Environmental Law
- Ex-situ Wildlife Management
- An Introduction to Transboundary Diseases
- Introduction to GIS and Spatial Data Analysis
- Invasive Non-Native Species
- Land Use and Food Security
- Managing and Leading Conservation Projects
- Reflections on Professional Development
- The Marine Environment
- The Modern Zoo
- The Use of Artificial Reproduction Technologies in Threatened Species
- Water and Sanitation
- Wildlife Crime and Forensic Investigation
- Wildlife, Animal Health and Environment
- Zoonotic Disease
Elective courses are subject to minimum student numbers and timetabling restrictions.
Year 3: Masters
You will complete your own choice of dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.
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