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Student Support

A variety of resources and support are available to students studying the Masters of Science in Biodiversity Conservation. These include.

Tuition Scholarships and Research Grants

A range of scholarships are currently available for students entering the first year of the Masters programme in February 2016:

  1. Courtesy of the Kannitha Fund (administered by Fauna & Flora International), one scholarship covering tuition fees is available exclusively for female students; and

  2. Courtesy of the International Crane Foundation, one scholarship worth $1,000 is available for male and female students interested in studying a wetland-related subject for their second year thesis

  3. Courtesy of the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, additional scholarships for tuition fees are awarded to the highest scoring students not receiving any other award on the Masters programme in each semester of the first year

It is anticipated that further scholarships will be announced for students starting the Masters in 2016. Financial support is also available from the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation for all students for their second year thesis research, as is assistance for students wishing to present their work at international conferences and other gatherings.

Professional Development

Through the Masters programme's extensive links to international scientific and conservation circles, students have access to a diverse array of specialists and professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures and supervise research theses. In addition to introducing students to future employers in Cambodia and overseas, the Masters programme provides career support by arranging student work placements with organizations nationwide and assisting graduates to prepare job, scholarship and grant applications (providing references where needed).

The Centre for Biodiversity Conservation at the Royal University of Phnom Penh also employs outstanding students. Current alumni information indicates that students who have jobs while studying experience promotions and greater recognition within their organizations upon graduation, while those who undertake the Masters immediately after their undergraduate degree typically quickly gain conservation or education related employment in Cambodia, or continue further post-graduate studies through overseas scholarships.

Computing and Other Facilities

Dedicated I.T. facilities including five desktop and two laptop computers are available to students on the Masters programme (all equipped with internet access and the latest software packages) and wifi internet access is available to students within the Centre of Biodiversity Conservation. Students also have full access to a wide variety of research equipment, including camping gear, and equipment for sampling water quality and freshwater and terrestrial biota, in addition to a range of laboratory and curatorial activities.

Conservation Library

In addition to the Hun Sen Library, students on the Masters programme have full access to a dedicated reference collection containing several hundred recent texts on conservation biology and sustainable development. The conservation library is housed in the zoological museum (below) and students also have access to thousands of electronic titles through databases available to the Masters programme.

Zoological and Botanical Museum Collections

Established by the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation in 2007, the reference collections have grown to include several thousands of voucher specimens and remain the only natural history museums dedicated to lesser-known and smaller-bodied biota in Cambodia. As a result, these have become an important national asset for documenting Cambodian biodiversity and are regularly used in systematic and conservation-orientated research efforts, Masters teaching and by students undertaking course assignments and second year thesis projects.

The Cambodian Journal of Natural History

Students on the Masters programme receive a free hardcopy subscription to the Cambodian Journal of Natural History, the first peer-reviewed scientific periodical in Cambodia. Aimed at helping Cambodian scientists to share their findings and improve their writing skills, the journal addresses the critical need for information on the conservation status and management requirements of Cambodian biodiversity.

Contact Info

Dr. Ith Saveng
Tel: (855)12 507 492
Mr. Kheam Sokha
Tel: (855)92 299 474
Email: mbiodiversity.info(at)rupp.edu.kh
Office: Room #415, Campus I

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