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Bursaries / Studentships in MSc Island Biodiversity and Conservation

Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies
Jersey, Channel Island, UK
Courses in UK1 year full-time

The The Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies (JICAS) is an independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on islands and island communities. JICAS is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the University of Exeter to offer a Postgraduate Masters Programme in Island Biodiversity and Conservation. The programme is being delivered by JICAS in Jersey from September 2019, with support from BioSciences, University of Exeter as the accrediting institution.


A consortium of world-leading academics has been drawn from institutions across three continents, to come together in Jersey to produce a unique programme of research-led study:

JICAS is offering a number of bursaries and studentships:

Who is this course for?

– Designed to meet the needs of conservation professionals specialising in islands, students who wish to remain in academia and conservation practitioners from across the world
– Offers substantial fieldwork opportunities, including a module in Sark, Channel Islands and Tenerife, Canary Islands
– Delivered by a consortium of leading professionals and academics from across the globe
– Comprises modules that target both research and practical conservation skills
– Provides opportunities to complete the dissertation module in a number of different islands, including Hawaii, UK, Greece, Canary Islands, Caribbean, California, Galapagos, and many more.
– Offers excellent facilities and the opportunity to study in a beautiful island of Jersey with rich biodiversity

Course Outline
Field Work Statistics (Sark, Channel Islands)*
Island Biogeography
Island Ecology
Biodiversity and Evolution on Islands
Invasion and Extinction on Islands
Global Conservation Strategies and Legislation
Islands and Climate Change
Conservation in Action (Tenerife, Canary Islands)*

* All fieldwork modules are included in the price of the fees

Learning and Teaching
The taught component of this programme consists of eight modules and is delivered in three-week blocks. Each taught module is structured in the following way:

Week 1 – Students will review the material via the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) in preparation for the lectures.

Week 2 – The module leader will deliver 30 hours of lectures over five days. Students are expected to attend all of the lectures, workshops and seminars during this week.

Week 3 – Students will work independently to complete all methods of assessment. The lecturer(s) will maintain constant contact with all students, either virtually or institutionally, to help supervise the task(s). The Programme Coordinator will always be on campus for additional support.

For all fieldwork-based modules, week 2 will consist of fieldwork training and research. Both fieldwork modules are included in the fees.

Irvine Ranch Conservancy, California – $8,000 stipend/bursary
A habitat restoration project that would examine patterns of biodiversity in and out of restored plots or in restored areas of different ages. This could also include looking at sets of data collected over time, so biodiversity patterns could be examined over time or before and after disturbances such as fire and drought.

Trees for Life – £4,000 bursary
Woodland management schemes – Woodland habitat improvements designed to increase their habitat value, island deforestation and disease.

Jersey Heritage – £4,000 bursary
How Jersey geodiversity impacts biodiversity, species distribution and ecosystem change.

Abundance and distribution of shrews in Jersey (Jersey Biodiversity Centre) – £2,500 bursary
Working on existing knowledge you will be using a variety of techniques (including live trapping) to investigate the abundance and distribution of shrews in Jersey.

Bats in Jersey’s urban environment (Jersey Bat Group) – £2,500 bursary
Working with known roost and bat rescue locations, you will survey the Island’s capital using bat detectors (passive and active) and will utilise ‘citizen science’ in a bat-spotting campaign.

Dr Sean Dettman
Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies

+44 (0)7700360607

How to apply
Applications are now open for this exciting new masters.

Apply asap to avoid disappointment.

For further information and how to apply please visit the programme website at www.jicas.ac.je

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