MUT rolls out its inaugural Master of Nature Conservation degree

Department of Nature Conservation staff. From left – Prof Peter Small, Prof McDonald and Prof Akash Anandraj

MUT proudly rolled out in January 2017 the Master of Nature Conservation degree. The  degree, the first of its kind for a university of technology in the country, develops academic ability to apply scientific methods in supervised research and/or problem solving, and the communication and/or effective implementation of investigative research findings. It focuses on strategic level management, advanced research methods and significant relevant research. The qualification is aimed at generating new knowledge within the industry and developing a career path for graduates. The programme has both coursework and research components. The latter culminates in a mini-dissertation.

Selection criteria for admission to the Master of Nature Conservation are based on both academic prowess and field experience.  Students wishing to be admitted to this qualification are required to be in possession of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Nature Conservation, or a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biological Sciences, or an equivalent four-year qualification in the same or similar field. In addition the student must have attained an aggregate of 60% in their final level major subjects.

 

Anyone wishing to apply to study for this programme must submit the title of the proposed mini-dissertation, plus the research proposal to the Head of Department: Nature Conservation, before or on 15 November 2017. Contact details for the Head of Department are: Prof Gavin McDonald, P O Box 12363, Jacobs 4026; gavin@mut.ac.za or 0319077623.

The Head of Department will evaluate each application on academic merit and ascertain whether a suitable supervisor is available, and whether suitable resources are available either within the University, or be arranged elsewhere.

All recommended applications will be submitted to the Research Ethics Committee in January, and be recommended for approval by the Faculty of Natural Sciences Research Committee which meets later in January.

All successful applicants will register for the programme in early February.