Taught course

Global Conservation Biology

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


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.

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 lens of this degree sets you up for a career that could take you across the globe. 

*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

This is a course that can open a wide range of career paths and professional possibilities, providing a route into research, 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, the Peak District National Park, the BBC, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Zoos and Aquaria in the UK and abroad. 

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

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