Taught course

Applied Wildlife Conservation

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess or expect to possess a first or upper second class Honours Degree, based in a science related degree. Applicants with a lower second class Honours Degree but with relevant experience will also be considered; other applicants without standard qualifications but with extensive relevant practical experience may also be considered. Prospective students with non-standard entry qualifications are advised to discuss their personal position with the course tutor.

Core modules: GIS Tools for Biodiversity Mapping and Conservation (30 credits), Communication Skills for Conservation (30 credits), Landscapes, Ecological Networks and Ecosystem Services (15 credits), Research Methods (15 credits), Research Project (60 credits)Optional modulesStudy Tour: Understanding Biodiversity & Sustainability (15 credits)Ecotourism and Nature Tourism (15 credits)Sustainable Tourism Management (15 credits)Wildlife Conservation (15 credits)Biogeography (15 credits)Population Ecology and Wildlife Management (15 credits)Practical Marine Biology (15 credits)Countryside Management (15 credits)

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Develop the practical skills you need for a career in wildlife conservation. Learn through a mix of face-to-face and distance-learning, on a course that’s been developed in partnership with environmental organisations to ensure you’re skilled and employable in this rewarding area.

Careers areas include conservation biology, environmental consultancy or in conservation education. You may find work within a non-governmental organisation (NGO), charity, zoo, private company, a government body or in a related field such as ecotourism. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Animal and Environmental Sciences PhD.

Our planet is in urgent need of capable and well-trained wildlife conservationists to find solutions to the problems of biodiversity loss. If you’re passionate about wildlife and planning a career in conservation our exciting Masters course will equip you with the skills you need. You’ll focus on the sustainable management of wildlife and habitats, with an emphasis on developing practical field skills and the ability to analyse and interpret data in the interests of conservation. Our course has been developed with international conservation organisations, so you can be sure you’ll be gaining skills and knowledge valued by employers in the field.
Through your choice of optional modules you’ll be able to focus your study on areas like ecotourism, or to develop deeper knowledge of skills such as the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for wildlife mapping and analysis. Optional field trips will give you the chance to apply your skills whilst working on conservation projects in the UK and abroad.
You’ll have the opportunity to visit a research station in Borneo and apply your skills in a tropical forest conservation project. Every year we welcome a wide range of guest lecturers who share their inspiring and innovative experiences of working in wildlife conservation.

Information for international students

This course is not available to international students requiring Tier 4 Student visa because it does not meet the UK Border Agency requirements for Tier 4 study.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12-15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries Team
01245 686868