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  • career-opportunities 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; and Integrated Farm Management promotion for LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).
  • course-structure Students will take 10 core modules, 1 or 2 optional modules and an individual research project, placement or dissertation.

    Core modules

    • Soil, Water and 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
    • Bioscience, 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 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 of up to 10,000 words to include suitable data displays. 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.
  • student-profiles
    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:
    hsmithHarry Smith
    Graduated in 2012

    What did you like about your course?
    The MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate course provided me with a great range of subjects to study - from biodiversity to microbes in extreme environments. Each module was taught by engaging staff with expertise in the subject area.
    I particularly enjoyed the variety of learning; each module was taught through lectures, presentations, class debates and field studies. Lectures were informative and the field studies and outings helped to put the subject material into real-life context. Presenting research material to my classmates throughout the course has improved my ability to critically analyse and present in an informative manner, as well as increasing my confidence to stand and talk to large groups!
    Where are you now?
    I am now working at Solar Power Generation LTD, a renewable energy company based in Somerset. SPGL primarily operate large scale solar parks on low quality agricultural land. My job as Commercial Targeting Manager is to assess the suitability of land to act as a site for renewable generation. Included in this assessment are environmental impact surveys. The MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate course has enabled me to evaluate the consequences of developing agricultural land and to appreciate the importance of biodiversity and robust land management practices. For more information visit
    kevangeliKate Evangeli
    Graduated in 2011

    What did you like about your course?
    The first half of the year was broad enough to introduce many topics of environmental biosciences. It was taught by people with a real passion for their subjects. In the second half of the year, for the project there was the opportunity to research exactly what I was interested in.
    Where are you now?
    I'm currently doing an internship with ClientEarth who founded the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC). The SSC works with businesses and seafood industry representatives to develop voluntary codes of practice with the aim that all the seafood sold in the UK will come from sustainable sources. For further information on ClientEarth see
  • student-projects
    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.
  • why-choose-this-course 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, politics and regulation as these relate to issues such as sustainable production of food, energy 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. 2015/16 Fees:
    Overseas £19,680 (bursary included)
    European £6,800 (bursary included)