Taught course

African Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content


Africa is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary ecosystems, but they face an ever-increasing range of threats; from climate change; habitat loss; human-wildlife conflict; and unsustainable utilisation. Our MSc African Wildlife Ecology and Conservation course provides you with the skills and knowledge to make the scientifically informed decisions needed to effectively manage and conserve these unique natural resources. 

This is a masters course based on in-person learning in East Africa and delivered in partnership with the College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), in Tanzania.* This is far more than the occasional field trip. You’ll be based at the CAWM campus in Moshi for seven weeks, plus up to eight weeks in the field for your research project, for a combination of classroom teaching and fieldwork. You’ll then complete another six to eight weeks in another location in Africa for your research project, with online learning in between. 

With access to UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you’ll be learning directly in the environment you’re being taught about, gaining first-hand experience of African wildlife. As well as exploring both the theory and practice of conservation projects, you’ll also learn the latest analytical techniques including monitoring distributions and recording animal behaviour, together with statistical analysis, GIS and project management. 

It’s a powerful combination of fundamental research, advanced knowledge and applied skills, acting as a platform for a career in conservation or continued study.

*Please note, all overseas field courses are subject to any international travel restrictions and/or availability.

Career prospects

There are few qualifications in this area that offer the same combination of specialist knowledge, advanced techniques, and practical experience – together, offering the skills and understanding that can help you go far. 

For those looking ahead to PhD-level research, this course offers a firm foundation for your development, equipping you with the theory and techniques to further explore the issues around conservation science, and to continue on a research pathway.  

It’s also a great platform for your professional ambitions, whether you’re already in a relevant role and looking to develop your expertise or are just embarking on your career in ecology and conservation. You can also make some vital connections in the field, as your studies include the chance to take part in a mini conference, where you can network with external partners from across conservation and development.   

With this qualification under your belt, you should be ready to pursue a role with international conservation organisations, governments, NGOs, private sector wildlife organisations and more – including careers as a Conservation Biologist, Wildlife Manager or Conservation Scientist. 

Fees and funding

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on fees.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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