Taught course

African Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Natural Sciences

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree – normally a 2:1 – or the international equivalent, in a relevant subject. We may also consider your application if you have the equivalent experience in African Conservation or a related professional field.

International students should also have a good standard of written and spoken English, having either studied at undergraduate level in English or completed IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5 (or an accepted equivalent, see here).

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 and human factors, to habitat loss and unsustainable utilisation. Our MSc in African Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 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). So, it offers far more than an occasional field trip: you’ll be based at the CAWM campus in Tanzania for two blocks of four to five weeks per year, which will be a mixture of classroom teaching and fieldwork. You’ll have another six to eight weeks in Tanzania for your research, 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 learning about, to gain 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 – whether acting as a platform for continuing to PhD level, or if you’re entering a career in conservation.

For more information on the College of African Wildlife Management, please visit their website.

Please note, all overseas field courses are subject to any international travel restrictions and/or availability. The University follows the latest government guidance and if required, the overseas trip may be replaced with a UK alternative field course.

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 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 you’re just embarking on your career in ecology and conservation. You can even 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 conversation 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    18 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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