Taught course

Zoo 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


Zoos play a crucial role in animal conservation. Whether they’re carrying out important research into animal behaviour and welfare, taking part in breeding programmes, educating the public or advising policymakers, they are important players in international conservation.

By studying our masters in Zoo Conservation Biology, you can play your part too. You’ll develop expertise in the science which underpins the management and maintenance of captive populations and explore the links with species conservation on a worldwide scale.

The main core unit is Zoo Conservation, which we deliver with the help of our partners at Chester Zoo – giving you access to the zoo’s collections and facilities. Within the course, you can participate in a field course in Europe or East Africa* or apply for a three-month work placement at a zoo or aquarium. Other core units, delivered at our Manchester campus, include Practical Techniques and Analysis, Statistics and Research Design and Organismal Genetics. Amongst a wide range of option units, you’ll also have the chance to specialise in subjects like species recovery and behavioural biology.

This all then feeds back into your research project, where you’ll combine your own data collection with background research and data analysis and communicate your findings in a comprehensive dissertation.

Watch a video of zoo conservation alumna, Maggie, to learn about what she has been up to since graduation and how her degree has helped her along the way.

Career prospects

This is a course that can pave the way to a wide range of career paths and professional possibilities, including study at PhD level, and provides a route into animal management within captive populations.

Some of our graduates have gone into roles at organisations that include the Peak District National Park, BBC, RSPCA, Blackpool Zoo, Chester Zoo, Dallas Zoo in the USA and many more.

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

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