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MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate

The School of Life Sciences has been ranked second in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 research ranking exercise. Overall more than 80% of life sciences research was rated as 'World Leading or Internationally Excellent'.

Escalating rates of environmental and climate change are forcing us to re-evaluate our management of agricultural and natural habitats. The competing demands on agricultural land for food production and for bioenergy provision must be reconciled with environmental stewardship and mitigation of climate change.

This MSc provides a timely and integrated perspective on environmental bioscience, management, societal matters and regulation as these relate to issues such as sustainable production of food and provision of ecosytem services.

The teaching was fantastic with a wide range of interesting and passionate lectures covering the different modules.
Alice Midmer

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Entry requirements: A second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or another appropriate discipline. English language standard IELTS 6.5

Flexible study: Full time 12 months. Part time 24 months.

Module options: 10 core modules, 1 or 2 optional modules and a project, dissertation or placement.

Module assessments by coursework and exam.

Students will take 10 core modules, 1 or 2 optional modules and an individual research project, placement or dissertation.

Our course and module content and schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick. So it is therefore very important that you check back here for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer (as set out in our terms and conditions).

Core modules

  • Soil, Water and Plant Mineral Nutrition
  • Environmental Accounting
  • Climate Change
  • Organic and Low Input Systems
  • Biological Invasions in Changing Environments
  • Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Challenges of Global Food Security
  • Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety
  • Biosciences, Politics & Social Acceptability
  • Project, Placement or Dissertation

Optional Modules

(Availability dependent on demand)

  • International Environmental Law
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Business Strategy

Further details of modules and project dissertation

Assessment

Assessment is continuous and varies between modules. It includes essays, seminar presentations, practical reports, oral evaluation and assessed group work. The project will be assessed by a seminar presentation and a thesis.

Please note that modules and courses on offer may change. We reserve the right not to run certain modules/courses based on programme review, staff availability and student demand.

This MSc is for those looking for a research career in environmental bioscience or to improve their employment prospects in governmental or non-governmental organisations concerned with environmental policy development. Graduates could expect to work in areas related to sustainability in farming systems, rural development, environmental management, science communication, policy and consultancy.

This course gave me an interest and direction that I was previously lacking. It gave me motivation to explore areas I found interesting and the confidence to explore working in an industry I had little experience in. I developed a large amount of transferable skills.
Alice Midmer

Alumni job titles include:

  • Policy Outreach Officer at Climate Change Consortium of Wales
  • Science Editor and Marketing Manager
  • Environmental Marketing Officer
  • Global Sustainability Manager at Molson Coors Brewing
  • Integrated Farm Management promotion for LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming)
  • Environmental and Ecological Consultant at Engineering Services Consultancy Ltd
  • Signatory Operations Officer at Principles for Responsible Investment

  • Supply Chain Coordinator at Mitie Waste & Environmental
  • Ecological Project Officer at Middlemarch Environmental Limited

  • Environmental Consultant at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Terrestrial Biodiversity Advisor for Natural England

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Carlie Evans

Graduated with Merit in 2017

First Degree: Animal Science and Health

First Job after Graduating: Terrestrial Biodiversity Advisor for Natural England

What were your first impressions of the University and highlights?

The first day of the course was very relaxed, you get to know your fellow students, have tours around the campus and meet a few of your lecturers. The highlight of my time at Warwick was having the opportunity to undertake a three month placement at the Canal and River Trust. This provided me with invaluable industry experience that has significantly benefitted my CV. The time that I spent at the Trust allowed me to communicate with multiple organisations whilst working on ecological management plans, and provided me with contacts that are helpful to offer opportunities of future employment.

What was the best thing about your course and Warwick?

The degree has a very diverse stance, and the coursework can be tailored to topics of your personal interest. The university offers you the freedom to investigate topics that you have a passion for, which also allowed for me to learn about a range of environmental issues that other students were researching, and were not within the syllabus.

juliadenham2.jpgJulia Denham
Graduated with distinction in 2010

First Degree: Biology

First job after graduating: Sustainability Analyst, Molson Coors Brewing (UK) Ltd.

Current job: Global Sustainability Manager at Molson Coors.

What was the best thing about the MSc?

Learning about the latest thinking on food and framing sustainability. Also becoming friends with people from all around the world."

What have you gained from your time at Warwick?

As well as friends and a network for life, I gained the ability to understand and work to implement solutions to our sustainability problems.”

Did the MSc help you gain the job you have now?

I started working for Molson Coors while I was still completing my MSc project. My role was using skills I developed during my course in sustainability accounting. I was lucky to be able to support Moldson Coors in developing its first sustainability strategy and to grow my role while I was working there. I am now their Global Sustainability Manager”

amidmerAlice Midmer
Graduated with distinction in 2013

First Degree: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour

First job after graduating: Projects Coordinator at Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)

What was the best thing about the MSc?

The teaching during the MSc was fantastic with a wide range of interesting and passionate lectures covering the different modules. The lecturers were also great at linking their subjects to practical applications and scene setting the learning within the wider syllabus."

What have you gained from your time at Warwick?

A wide and in depth understanding of an area that is extremely topical, important and increasingly relevant in many sectors. It developed a large amount of transferable skills, including my writing skills, time management and the way I approach tasks, all of which were able to develop significantly throughout the year. Conversation with interested lecturers and fellow students throughout the year enabled ideas to develop and a real engagement with the topics throughout. And a job.”

Did the MSc help you gain the job you have now?

Yes, I am currently working at LEAF on their technical side promoting Integrated Farm Management. I carried out a placement here as part of my degree where I undertook a soils project and was offered a job after. The project gave me the opportunity to visit over 20 farms across the UK and gave a great insight into an industry I previously knew very little about. The learnings from the masters gave a solid academic background and the work on my placement allowed me to put this to use in a practical setting.”

ekingEleanor King
Graduated with Merit in 2012






What did you enjoy about the course?

The taught section of the MSc Environmental Biosciences in a Changing Climate course provided an interesting array of core modules, with the option to choose additional modules of interest to you. These were taught by staff with lots of enthusiasm for their subject and I particularly enjoyed guest lectures from people who are currently working within the industry. There is a range of learning techniques, from lectures and class discussions, to conferences and lab work.
My project was calculating the carbon footprint for West Midland Safari Park. I particularly enjoyed taking ownership of this project and working closely with a company and its employees. I have found that the skills gained from this project have been vital in my new career.

Where are you now?

I am currently working at SKM Enviros as a Graduate EIA Consultant. SKM Enviros is an environmental consultancy providing services in water, the environment, sustainability and health and safety. I am primarily based within the power sector, supporting on Environmental Impact Assessments and the production Environmental Statements for a variety of renewable energy projects. The nature of EIA has allowed me to get involved in a range of technical disciplines, from ecology to socio-economics. For more information visit: www.enviros.com

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ButterfliesSampling the abundance of butterflies at the University of Warwick to assess biodiversity and to provide advice on conservation.

Robert Clark - supervisor Rosemary Collier

The aim of Rob’s project was to use established methods to survey land owned by the University of Warwick to assess the abundance of butterflies, to use this information as an indicator of habitat health and to provide the University with recommendations for the future management of these habitats. He recorded the abundance of butterfly species around the University of Warwick central and Wellesbourne campuses, investigated associations between the abundance of adult butterflies and the abundance of larval and adult host plants and provided recommendations to the University about how best to protect and improve the habitats and biodiversity around the campus.

Rob’s project has shown that there are a good number of butterflies on University of Warwick land, indicating that there are biodiverse habitats. However, different areas vary greatly in the numbers of both individuals and species seen and no rare or endangered species were seen during the study. General recommendations were made about how the University can better manage its land in order to promote more species, with specific plans suggested for three endangered species that Butterfly Conservation is actively attempting to conserve.

Chris Talbot (Habitat Biodiversity Audit Partnership), Mike Slater (Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire), Lois Browne (Warwickshire Biological Records Centre) and the University of Warwick Estates Team all provided Rob with information and advice.

MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate

How to Apply

Scholarships are available for both Home/EU and International students.

FAQs

Course enquiries:

Denny Croft &
Therese Lepicard
msc dot lifesciences at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7657 4995