This one-year MSc course in Plant Conservation is intended for students with a strong interest in conserving the world’s biodiversity. The course has a particular focus on interactive learning and you will make extensive use of the university botanic garden (Treborth Botanic Garden) for lectures, seminars and practical classes.
Applied plant conservation will be emphasized in this course, with field trips to partner organizations: National Botanic Garden of Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Plantlife International. In addition full use is made of the region’s outstanding plant diversity, from seashore to mountain top.
The course builds upon Bangor’s international reputation for plant ecology to address current conservation issues.
The MSc includes both taught and research components. The taught part of the course runs from October – May and includes considerable practical and field work as well as lectures and seminars. The research part of the course runs from June – September and is where you will develop your dissertation. You will use your knowledge and skills from the taught course to develop your own research ideas and examine your topic interest in detail. You will have the opportunity to work with the partner organisations (Kew, NBGW, Plantlife International and Natural Resources Wales) to carry out your project.
A mid-term review of progress towards the targets of the GSPC is being carried out by the Convention on Biological Diversity during 2014. According to a report compiled by BGCI, only one GSPC target is currently considered to be on track to be achieved by 2020 (Target 1).