Master of Science – Conservation Futures

Objective

Offered through the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, this programme focuses on increasing the understanding of current and emerging challenges to conservation action and identifies appropriate solutions, understanding the methods of science and be able to use it in thinking and planning processes related to conservation, articulate and use inter and transdisciplinary approaches to promote effective conservation action, strengthen understanding of policy and legal issues as well as issues of economy in promoting better conservation and development, strengthen public and policy discussions based on science and reason, develop materials for effective promotion of conservation science to non-specific audiences, increase science-policy links and internalise the ethics that govern science, research and implementation.

How is this programme unique?

The unique advantage of the programme at TDU will be the transdisciplinary nature of the programme, the institution’s science background, its linkages with national and international organisations, its interfaces with multiple subject disciplines and the focus that links both traditional and new media (online media and social media).

Structure of the programme

The programme will have both teaching and research focus with the last semester entirely dedicated to research and preparation of a dissertation.

Initially, students will be introduced to basics of conservation science, ecology, environmental management, research methodology, political ecology, philosophy and analytical skills including statistics.

During the programme, students will be undertaking field visits to expose them to field based, practical aspects related to conservation issues. After the field visit the students will be encouraged to identify one to two areas of focus for pursuing specialized interest that can form the research area for the final semester. The students will be taught courses like systems thinking, complexity, conservation psychology, design and art in conservation, and governance.

The students will also learn about bioethics, equity and benefit sharing, bio-entrepreneurship, traditional knowledge, cultural and intangible heritage, law and policy issues and multilateral processes.

Students will be undertaking internships and doing research in areas of their choice based on the topics discussed during the programme. They will however be taught a course on conservation and development.

Based on their summer internship learning, students will design and plan their project. In the final semester, students will submit their project work for evaluation or a thesis/dissertation for publishing.

Programme Partners

The following external stakeholders will be involved in the design, development and delivery of this programme:

  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Environment and Ecology (ATREE), India;
  • Foundation for Ecological Security, Gujarat (FES), India;
  • University of Washington, USA;
  • McGill University, Canada;
  • University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya;
  • United Nations University – Institute of Sustainability Studies, Japan;
  • Dakshin Foundation, India;
  • Takshasila Institute, India;
  • Research Information Systems for Developing Countries, India;
  • The Secretariat to Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada;
  • National Instute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), India

Opportunities for students who will complete the programme

This programme is the ideal degree for students interested in becoming professional conservation and development specialists. Postgraduates could find careers as conservation scientists, wildlife experts, policy specialists and the related and can find jobs with a range of agencies such as the United Nations, Government, NGOs and private sector. Some can also set up independent consultancy firms.

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

For details, please refer the Brochure.

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