Sustainable Land Management
In general, strategies to protect our environment and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources at national, European and international levels are founded on principles of applied ecology.
Modern conservation management is a challenging multi-disciplinary field, and an effective conservation practitioner requires a good knowledge and understanding of the scientific, policy and legislative frameworks as well as sound people and project management skills.
Postgraduate study programme
The MSc Sustainable Land Management under Global Change programme provides students with the opportunity to learn how to evaluate critically complex scientific and policy-based issues involved in the conservation management of species and ecosystems, as well as develop expertise in designing, planning and carrying out appropriate research and conservation management projects. The University College is set in its own 220 hectare estate which has been the focus of continuing environmental work. The estate includes a wide variety of habitats ranging from wetland to chalk grassland. There are also wildflower meadows and an ongoing strategy to increase and improve woodland habitats.
Conservation research programmes
The course is supported by active staff research including collaborative programmes on protected area management and climate change, and wild forest fire ecology in Northern Finland and Portugal. Research and development at Writtle College is coordinated through the College's Centre for Environment and Rural Affairs. The College has extensive links with the environment sector both in this country and abroad through its active consultancy work.