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Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies

The Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies (JICAS) is a postgraduate research centre focusing on islands and island communities. Our flagship programme is an MSc Island Biodiversity and Conservation in partnership with BioSciences, University of Exeter. JICAS also runs two Island Archaeology Field Schools as part of the University of Exeter’s International Summer School programme.


  • The taught component of this programme consists of eight modules and is delivered in three-week blocks. Each taught module is structured in the following way:
  • Week 1 – Students will review the material via the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) in preparation for the lectures.
  • Week 2 – The module leader will deliver 30 hours of lectures over five days. Students are expected to attend all of the lectures, workshops and seminars during this week.
  • Week 3 & 4 – Students will work independently to complete all methods of assessment. The lecturer(s) will maintain constant contact with all students, either virtually or institutionally, to help supervise the task(s). 


Research is at the very core of what we do and who we are. At JICAS, you will get a research-led programme of study with opportunities to explore your interests and research agendas on islands across the world, with dissertation options in Channel Islands, Canary Islands, Azores, Caribbean, South Atlantic and Greece!.

Possible topics for the Dissertation include scientific research in any of the subjects being taught on the MSc, that are either on-going or de novo. This can include Island Biodiversity Conservation Projects, Island Biodiversity data collection and analysis, literature reviews, etc.


The aim of the degree is to train global leaders, managers and policy makers in Island Biodiversity and Conservation. Through integral collaboration with key players in the field of biodiversity and conservation, this MSc ensures the training you receive will prepare you for immediate employment both in the UK and abroad. These include:  

  • Prerequisite and gateway to PhD
  • Academic positions in leading organisations and enterprises
  • Environmental and conservation consultancy services
  • Management positions in global conservation NGOs
  • Management positions in public conservation government ministries, organisations and departments
  • Management positions in other third sector conservation organisations and institutions 

Student services

  • The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is available to all students across campus, as well as Law Library on Le Chapelan.  
  • Café Connect is available to all students across campus and serves a wide variety of hot and cold meals during breakfast and lunch.  
  • The JICAS team will always be on hand to provide pastoral guidance. We have a team ready to provide academic, social pastoral support and mental wellbeing counseling.
  • Campus Jersey provides regular student activities, including induction week, Campus Jersey Christmas Pub Quiz, an optional student trip to New York City and other student activities. 

Housing services

  • Le Bonne Vie, St Helier

La Bonne Vie residence is charmingly decorated throughout, providing a welcoming space for residents.  

  • The Undercliff, Bouley Bay

The Undercliff Guest House offers a range of accommodation options, including apartments with other JICAS students or private self-catering Junior Suites.  

  • The Field House, St Ouens

Field House is ideal if you enjoy nature and would like a quiet place to study within easy reach of St. Helier.

The 17th century farm-house is located in an area of the island well known for its dramatic viewpoints and natural beauty. Les Creux, Corbiere and the bays of St Brelade, Beauport and St Ouen are all located in this area and are some of Jersey’s most memorable sites.  

Library services

In addition to the suite of services, IT software and vast archive and databases offered through University of Exeter’s on-line library, there are a number of quiet places, including the Learning Resource Centre, Law Library and designated study areas across Le Chapelan. The Jersey Public Library also has a number of quiet spaces and reading rooms.  

ICT services

All student services, including IT support, are offered through our partnership with the University of Exeter.

Medical services

All student are required to register with the Office of Social Security, which will give them access to health care. Once students are registered with Social Security, they will be entitled to work up to 20 hours per week, tax free up to the first £16,000 (off campus).  


Additionally, JICAS offers unlimited counselling services to any student who wishes to engage (on campus)


Campus life

The Highlands Campus is home to the States of Jersey’s Department of Education, Highlands College, University College Jersey, Institute of Law – Jersey and the Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies. 

JICAS is housed in the top floor of the Turner building in Le Chapelan with the Institute of Law – Jersey.  The Chapelan Suite is the main seminar room and can sit 100 students comfortably. The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is available to all students across campus, as well as Law Library on Le Chapelan.  

Sports facilities

Campus Jersey hosts weekly intramural sports sessions at Glocster Hall, Fort Regent 

Student clubs

  • Jersey is full of variety and boasts a rich arts and culture sector.  There are numerous theatres, cinemas, galleries, museums and an impressive natural prehistory.
  • Jersey Arts Centre is at the heart of the cultural life in Jersey, with regular performances and courses in the visual, performance and literary arts. 
  • The Jersey Opera House also hosts live musical, comedy and theatrical performances, as well as live performances streamed from the Royal Opera House and the Globe Theatre in London. 
  • Jersey Heritage and Societe Jersiaise promote the island’s rich heritage and cultural environment.  

The University of Exeter

Saint Helier, United Kingdom

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