Taught course

Wildlife Conservation and Drone Applications

Liverpool John Moores University · School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

If you have an undergraduate degree:

  • A good second class honours degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as biology, conservation, animal behaviour, zoology or ecology, supported by an academic reference
  • If you also have work experience we also require an employer reference

If you have non-standard qualifications:

  • Experience is accepted on a case by case basis
  • If you do not have an honours degree in a relevant subject area your application may still be considered
  • Professional experience, publications, written reports, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment will be taken into account
  • You will also be interviewed by the Programme Leader
  • Plus you must provide a satisfactory reference from a suitable person, such as your employer or line manager

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Application and selection

To study this programme you must be motivated towards and have a passion for conservation (as evidenced by engaments in local or international conservation activities, nature clubs, campaigns, for example).

You must also show that you are independent, creative, can think outside the box, are practical and be interested in technology, - such as cameras, recorders, drone technology.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore contemporary wildlife conservation on this Masters. The course is delivered by world-leading experts in wildlife conservation and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV/drone technology). You will be able to learn fieldskills during an overseas field trip and will have the opportunity to conduct your own conservation research project.

  • Complete this masters degree in one year (full time)
  • Delivered by world-leading experts in the field of wildlife conservation and drone technology
  • LJMU is the only UK university to offer a Masters degree in cutting edge drone technology applications for wildlife conservation
  • Overseas field trip to Tanzania included in the fees – this is a fantastic opportunity to observe chimpanzees in the wild. You will practice and develop advanced skills in behavioural observation, non-invasive sampling of health and welfare indicators and conservation monitoring*
  • World-class teaching and laboratory facilities (including drone technology, genetics and GIS facilities)
  • Opportunity to design and complete a wildlife conservation study abroad using the latest software packages, such as ArcGIS, R, and Distance

* The air fare, site accommodation and site costs are paid by Liverpool John Moores University. You will be required to meet other potential costs, such as field clothing, visas and immunisations if required.

This unique Masters course covers contemporary issues in wildlife conservation with a strong focus on providing you with a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical skills you will need to become a professional in this exciting field.

You will develop an hypotheses-driven study based on the latest wildlife conservation literature.

Converting your idea for a study into a practical plan will involve:

  • learning how to write a grant proposal (from funding experts)
  • making a budget
  • thinking through the logistical issues of conducting research in challenging environments

You will learn how to operate drone technology for wildlife conservation research and how to analyse the data obtained using these systems; providing you with a unique skillset.

The academic staff leading this course conduct research in this area. Your programme leaders uphold a wide range of international and national connections that can provide exciting opportunities for you during and after the course. You will have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork at international sites and make career-long connections.

We will also encourage you to become members of the learned societies, such as Society of Wildlife Conservation.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090