Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content


The world’s habitats are undergoing rapid transformation. The impacts of climate change are causing species extinction at an unprecedented rate. Conservation biology as a discipline looks at the science behind these changes – including the identification of ecosystems at risk, ways of conserving biodiversity, and the role of genetics and demography.

With our masters, you’ll tackle all that and more, gaining the knowledge and skills for a career at the forefront of conservation. You’ll explore the scientific background of species conservation and the factors driving extinction. You’ll also look at the sustainable use of resources and learn valuable statistical techniques for analysing ecological data. With a range of option units, you’ll be able to specialise in areas like Species Recovery and Monitoring Habitats & Species Responses to Environmental Change

But this course is as much about practice as it is about theory. While the core units include a field course to a European destination or Tanzania*, your masters project also has a practical focus, demanding in-depth research before you present your findings.

Throughout, you’ll be supported by experienced academics who bring their real-world expertise directly to the classroom as you prepare to make your own way in the world of conservation. The international focus of this degree is a career journey that could take you across the globe.

Career prospects

This is a course that can open a wide range of career paths and professional possibilities, providing a route into ecological consultancy, wildlife trusts, local authorities, government departments, conservation NGOs, animal management, pest control, teaching, environmental education, PhD level study and more.

While it provides the skills and understanding you’ll need to take your first steps in this area, it’s also a valuable option if you’re already in a relevant role – with many students studying our masters courses as part of their professional development.

Some of our graduates have gone into roles for organisations such as Defra, Natural England, Peak District National Park, the BBC, RSPCA, RSPB, Zoos and Aquaria.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, and for up to three years after you finish your course. Dedicated careers and employability advisors in the Department and the University Careers Service will help you find the role that’s right for you.

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 www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on fees.

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969