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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 might also consider your application if you have several years’ professional experience in a related field.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

International students please see

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Conservation Biology programme aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of the science which underpins conservation. The programme has a strong numerical and research-orientated approach. There are core units in Statistics and Research Design, Practical Techniques and Analysis, Biodiversity Conservation, Topics in Organismal Genetics and Topics in Conservation and Sustainability. You can choose between field courses in Europe (e.g. Białowieża forest), East Africa or Ecuador. There are optional courses in Earth Observation and GIS, Species Recovery, Avian Biology and Conservation, Behavioural Biology and Advanced Science Communication.

The course has an international outlook and is taught by a large community of research active staff. There are exciting opportunities to complete MSc research project abroad in countries such as Ecuador, Tanzania, Mauritius and Kenya and we also have strong links with many UK based conservation organisations which host research projects.

Core units

  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Masters Project in Conservation
  • Practical Techniques and Analysis
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Field Course
  • Topics in Conservation and Sustainability
  • Topics in Organismal Genetics

You will also be able to choose from a range of option units to tailor your learning.

You will be assessed mostly through coursework, although some units have a formal examination. Formal teaching begins in September and finishes with the field courses in mid-May or mid-July. Student research projects are usually completed by the end of September.

Career prospects
Graduate career routes include; animal management and captive breeding, pest control and agriculture and environmental education with organisations such as environmental consultancies, teaching, government research and advisory bodies, zoos and NGOs.

We also support students setting up their own research projects abroad. Some students are already in relevant jobs and take this programme as part of their in-service training. Others will carry on to PhD level study.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Science and the Environment and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment90

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969