Good management of the land and countryside is key to ensure that it can be profitable, accessible and sustainable while allowing wildlife to thrive.
Conservation Management is about addressing the needs of the natural heritage, countryside and environment, and the people who work and play in it, to the advantage of all concerned.
This necessitates a broad understanding of aspects such as:
- Habitat and species management
- Wildlife conservation
- Recreational provision and management
- Geology and geomorphology
- Land use and ecology
The factors affecting the wider environment are constantly increasing and range from agriculture and forestry to recreation, urban development and population growth.
These in turn have knock-on effects such as climate change, water and food shortages, habitat and species loss and the impact of non-native species.
Good management of the countryside is key to ensuring it is profitable for those who own and work the land but also accessible to the public, and to allow wildlife to thrive, it needs to be done sustainably.
Land-based industries are a specialism of SRUC and you will be well trained in how to deal with the current and future issues of countryside management and conservation.
Students graduating from these courses can find employment as a Park Ranger or working for conservation and protection organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), and the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).
Wildlife and Conservation Management
These courses are aimed at those who care about wildlife and the environment and want to protect it so that everyone may enjoy it.
- BSc/BSc (Hons)
You will be involved in all aspects of the provision and management of field sports. Your practical skills will be further enhanced on three work placements.
Gamekeeping and Wildlife Management
This gamekeeping course will help get you started in a career in field sports and wildlife management.
- MA at SCQF level 5
The PDA in Ecological Surveying is designed to provide you with the competencies required in order to enter the field of ecological surveying.
Gain a deeper understanding of the production, marketing and management of organic farming and food.
Develop the basic skills you need to work in land-based disciplines like agriculture, horticulture and countryside management.
- MA at SCQF level 5
- MA at SCQF level 6
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Fees and funding
Funding is available to help you complete your studies, including bursaries to pay your tuition fees and loans to help with maintenance and travel costs.
Although our campuses are currently closed, you can still find out about life and learning at SRUC by joining one of our virtual open days. You will be taken to our old website to make your booking.
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