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 Post subject: Conservation degrees, diplomas, etc
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:30 pm 
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Where can I find a list of degrees, diplomas and courses that are available in this field? I have a pal who is dead keen to become involved but the universities don't even respond to his questions...

Hope you can help! :gflower:

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I know they used to do a BSc degree in wildlife sciences at KZN-Natal on the pietermaritzburg Campus. My daughter was well into her BSc degree when they introduced it . She would have loved to have gone that route But would have had to do extra courses .
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Hi huntsman!

I am not sure how universities work in South Africa but usually a good Uni will have a very comprehensive website which will list all degrees, courses etc. Sometimes they have these listed under Undergraduate and Postgraduate accessible from their home page and each Faculty ie Sciences etc will list the degrees and courses that they run. All this info should be openly accessible by anyone via the websites.

Hope this helps in some way!

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 Post subject: Re: Conservation degrees, diplomas, etc
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Hi Huntsman. I may be wrong but am under the impression that the Univ. Pretoria offers a course in nature conservation.


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Three Dogs that is exactly how it works here as well. Just go to the websites of say the 5 biggest universities, go to the relevant department and have a look there. I know for example that the UNISA site is quite easy to navigate, the rest should be the same.


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I have been in touch with the three major unis I can use, but it is as if there is a mandate not to reply to potential students...drives me batty!

Will keep trying though, thank you.

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Hi huntsman

My daughter did a BSc Honours degree in Wildlife Management at Pretoria University.

A friend's sons did Conservation degrees - one at UCT and one at Stellenbosch.

University of Tswane (used to be Pretoria Technikon) runs a Diploma in Nature Conservation - two or three years, not sure, which is highly regarded.

I have a feeling that Potch also does some sort of Conservation Degree.

Maybe you are not getting replies at the moment because they are busy registering new students at the beginning of the academic year. Try in a couple of weeks.

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Thanks Hippotragus

I will indeed keep trying, and at least I have an idea where to apply, now.

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Hi Huntsman

I know Rhodes University only opened again this week. Rhodes has a brilliant Zoology department where you can study towards this - obviously it depends what you'd like to focus on. The Botany and Environmental Science departments have a joint honours in Conservation. If you email the departments directly with your queries I'm sure they'll give you a good idea of the options available. If you go onto the website www.ru.ac.za/studentzone and then look under "Academic" and click on "Academic Departments" you'll find the Zoology, Environmental Science and Botany departments, all of which are either the best or within the top few best in the country - definitely worth a look.

I'm in the Environmental Science department and have just started my PhD, not in conservation, but in ecosystem services focusing on designing a statistical model to better understand the complex social, economic and ecological relationships in South Africa - something which is vital in making decisions pertaining to many environmental issues across South Africa.

So there are many focus angles available to a simply question/degree. And many are worth a snoop around!

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask :)

Caroline

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 Post subject: Re: Conservation degrees, diplomas, etc
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Great -

Thank you very much!

I will need to ask about a correspondence course though, as I will stay in Gauteng, but I'll contact them and find out. :clap:

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