Biomedical Sciences

Pauliina Upla: New Perspectives on Biodiversity

Pauliina shares her thoughts on how the online masters degree helped introduce her to new perspectives on biodiversity. Pauliina also chats about how the MSc prompted her to make a career change.


As an environmental economist, I wanted to better understand the more ecological aspects of sustainable resource management in the face of climate change and other pressures. Finding the Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health (BWEH) programme took me some time, but once enrolled, I could not have been happier.

The course themes were highly topical as the global biodiversity crisis is increasingly attracting attention today across sectors. The cross-cutting nature of the programme also pushed me to broaden my thinking further to consider different but still interconnected perspectives and subjects.

"Incredible dedicated professionals"

The team running the programme is a group of incredibly dedicated professionals and the intuitive technology enables smooth interaction with fellow students. All this makes you feel part of the global BWEH community.

At times, studying was very stressful and demanding alongside a full-time job, but most of all it was fun, rewarding and stimulating!

For me it also evoked some professional self-reflection and helped me to better articulate my strengths and weaknesses, what topics to focus on and also taught me about my working methods as a remote student.

Therefore, my studies on their part influenced my decision to take the next step in my career to become an independent expert.