Both the full-time and part-time versions of MSc Wildlife Biology & Conservation have the award, making the University the first and only institution in Scotland to receive the honour.
The course, which combines the disciplines of wildlife biology and conservation biology, was designed in conjunction with employers and professional bodies and received recognition from the CIEEM for its main focus on developing practical employability.
Dr Patrick White,lecturer in Conservation Biology, explains how much the accreditation benefits the course and the students who choose to study at Edinburgh Napier: “It’s an acknowledgement of the course itself and its strong mix of theory, practical skills and focus on employability. The accreditation criteria specifically required students do a minimum 15 days of practical work, but at almost 28 days across our course, we almost double that requirement.”
Because the course is fully aligned with CIEEM’s competency framework, which promotes high professional standards within the environmental and ecological sectors, it also provides an opportunity for Edinburgh Napier students to gain recognition when they graduate.
“Graduating with a CIEEM accredited degree means a simpler process of applying for GradCIEEM membership, and CIEEM membership is desirable or essential criteria for many graduate jobs in the ecology and environmental sector,” says Dr White. “It ensures close links between the course and CIEEM so that as the discipline/industry evolves, and employers require new skills from graduates, the course can evolve to meet those requirements.”