The University of The West Indies The European Union EDULINK ACP University of Suriname University of Guyana University of Belize Department of Plant Sciences @ Oxford University

Programme Background



The graduate degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean is a taught program geared towards building and strengthening capacity in environmental management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Caribbean. The program will be offered in two forms and can be undertaken either on a full time or part time basis

• Graduate Diploma
• MSc.

Teaching on this programme will involve a blend of internet-based distance teaching and face-to-face training.

Target Groups

Professionals and technical staff employed in land, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, freshwater or marine resource management activities from public agencies, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders; as well as persons who wish to pursue careers in land and natural resource management, forestry, agriculture and marine resource management and sustainable development


Students enrolled in the Diploma Program will be required to complete the course in either 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time). While students enrolled in the M.Sc. Program will be required to complete the degree in 18 months (full time) or 36 months (part time)

Entry Requirements

The prerequisite for entry into the Diploma/ M.Sc. is a bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines natural sciences, engineering, agricultural sciences, geography, education or an appropriate social sciences from an approved university, with at least lower second-class honors (or equivalent qualification and work experience).

Applicants may be called for an interview and the final decision will be made by Academic Management Board for the Programme.

Methods of Delivery

As a post-graduate Diploma/M.Sc.-level course, a variety of methods of delivery will be employed, including online lectures, online seminars, online tutorials, field visits and a research project. While much of this teaching will be delivered by distance learning, two significant face-to-face components of this programme include its field practicum (either in Belize or Suriname) and the research project. Distance teaching will include e-based course assignments, projects, scenario based workshops, and case studies which focus on group work and student centred learning.

Thus, the onus will be placed on the student to take responsibility and control of their own learning. This will lead to the point of the final research project in which the student will be responsible for the development, management and reporting of a study with the supervisor acting as an advisor and facilitator. This programme is taught in partnership with University of Belize, Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname, University of Guyana and The University of the West Indies

Tuition and Costs


FULL TIME - US$5400 for 1yr
PART TIME - US$2700/yr for 2yrs


FULL TIME - US$10,000 for 18mths
PART TIME - US$3,400/yr for 3yrs

1) Please be advised that the above tuition costs DO NOT INCLUDE airfare.

Programme costs are subject to change without notice.

Award of Degree

In this joint Diploma/MSc, the main awarding University will be the University delivering the most teaching to the specific student.

Prospective students should note that their degree will be awarded based on the number of credits taught by the various partner institutions.

Important Dates

Application Deadline
May 31st

Registration Begins

Classes Start