Volunteers working at Dove Stones RSPB reserve, Peak District

Postgraduate opportunities

The RSPB supports and supervises a wide range of MSc projects and PhD studentships each year.

PhD Opportunities

Our PhD opportunities are now closed, please visit towards the end of the year

MSc Projects

How to apply

You can apply for any of the MSc projects below if you are already enrolled on an MSc course at a university. Send an e-mail with “MSc project” as the subject to the project coordinator listed in the advert. 

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Connection to nature in the UK population

Understanding and developing people’s connection to nature is a vital pathway for tackling the biodiversity and climate crises. This project will analyse existing data from UK population surveys to explore how connection to nature varies across demographic groups and changes over time.

Supervisor: Vic Carr

Timescale: Till end of 2022

Location: Desk-based

For more information, please see the project brief here Connection to nature in the UK population.pdf

Part funded MSc

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Assessing the prevalence and drivers of Trichomonas gallinae in core Hawfinch populations

A part-funded MSc by Research is available based in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Lincoln, to investigate the prevalence and impacts of the Trichomonas gallinae parasite in core populations of the declining Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes. The student will be based in Dr Jenny Dunn’s lab group at the University of Lincoln, with fieldwork across the UK, and will be jointly supervised by RSPB Will Kirby.

Closing date: 31 March 2022

Contact:Dr Jenny Dunn

The full details of the project can be found here Hawfinch MSc by Research advert.pdf