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The Masters course is offered once every two years and has three semesters of course-work and one semester of project work.

  • The first semester consists of foundation courses in the biological and ecological sciences, mathematics, statistics, and computational skills involved in data processing.

  • The second semester builds on the foundation of more advanced courses such as Population, Behavioural and Conservation Ecology, Species Interactions, Advanced Statistics, Marine Ecology, and Scientific Writing.

  • The third semester addresses the historical, social, economic, and legal framework within which on-ground conservation operates, with a focus on India. In this semester students also defend proposals for their dissertation projects.

  • During the final semester students implement their dissertation projects, using the theoretical and practical skills that they have learnt through the coursework. The course ends with the formal defense of dissertations in a public seminar.