PhD & MSc by research with an interdisciplinary and international focus. Providing training for conservation practitioners.
The School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent offers unique opportunities for advanced study and training in the conservation and management of biodiversity. The School is home to the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), a leading international research and training centre dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems around the world. Since it was founded in 1989, DICE has graduated over fifty research students, and as with all its other activities, a major characteristic of the research degree programme in biodiversity management is its international and interdisciplinary focus.
The varied research interests of our academic staff allows us to offer supervision of research on a wide variety of projects on different organisms or systems and in different habitats and countries. Hence, there are specific research projects underway on species conservation, wildlife management law, tourism and conservation, and the sustainable uses of biodiversity.
A candidate undertaking a research degree must submit a thesis that demonstrates an ability to undertake an original investigation, to test an hypothesis and to understand the relationship of your field of study to a wider field of knowledge. Additionally, in the case of a doctorate, the thesis submitted must be an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in the field of investigation.
For a MSc by research and thesis, a candidate is registered for 1 year of full time study or 2 years part-time, and is expected to produce a thesis of 30-40,000 words.
For a PhD, a candidate is registered for 4 years of full-time study or 6 years part time, and is expected to produce a thesis either of 80-100,000 words (in the case of a social science approach) or of between 160 and 250 pages including diagrams (in the case of a natural science approach). In exceptional cases we will consider cases for registration to an MPhil.
It is essential that prospective research students identify and contact a potential supervisor (by email) PRIOR to making a formal application. We are unable to process any application without such prior contact. You can find a list of potential supervisors and their research interests below. This gives you an idea of the wide range of projects, in terms of research focus, species groups and geographical location, in which we can supervise research students.
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