The research degree programme carries the generic title of Biodiversity Management, in order to allow a student to undertake any relevant research project that relates to conserving and managing biodiversity. With the varied research interests of the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) and Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) staff, this continues to allow research on a wide variety of projects on different organisms or systems and in different habitats and countries. There are, therefore, specific research projects underway on species conservation, wildlife management, economics, wildlife trade, tourism and conservation, and the sustainable uses of biodiversity.
SAC and DICE encourage research students to undertake original research to submit as a thesis on important topics related to conserving and managing biodiversity.
Since it was founded in 1989, DICE has graduated over 110 research students and, as with all its other activities, the major characteristics of the research degree programme are its international and interdisciplinary focus.
Because of the diversity and international nature of many field-orientated projects, the amount of time that individual research students spend at DICE varies. However local supervision is usually organised for those students spending considerable time overseas.
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The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) is the United Kingdom’s leading research centre dedicated to conserving biodiversity and the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people. It pursues innovative and cutting-edge research to develop the knowledge that underpins conservation, and sets itself apart from more traditionally minded academic institutions with its clear aims to:
Our members have outstanding international research profiles, yet integrate this with considerable on-the-ground experience working with conservation agencies around the world. This combination of expertise ensures that our programmes deliver the skills and knowledge that are essential components of conservation implementation.
Our taught Master’s programmes cover topics in conservation management, policy, ecotourism and sustainable natural resource use. The research degree programmes (MSc by Research and PhD) encourage you to undertake original, high-quality research, which culminates in the submission of a thesis.
Our disciplinary breadth enables us to provide supervision on a wide range of topics across the full spectrum of conservation biology, biodiversity management and sustainable resource use.
Recent or current projects cover topics such as:
DICE programmes combine academic theory with practical field experience to develop graduates who are highly employable within government, NGOs and the private sector.
Our alumni progress on to a wide range of organisations across the world, undertaking work that utilises the knowledge and skills they have developed through their studies. Examples of the work our graduates do and the organisations they are employed by include: consultancy for a Darwin Initiative project in West Sumatra; Wildlife Management Officer in Kenya; Chief of the Biodiversity Unit, United Nations Environment Programme; Research and Analysis Programme Leader for TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network; Freshwater Programme Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Head of the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC); Community-Based Natural Resource Manager, WWF; Leader of the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative; Managing Partner at Althelia Climate Fund; Wildlife Officer at Heritage Council, Ireland; and Programme Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
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