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 global scale.  

The main core unit is Zoo Conservation, which we deliver with the help of our partners at Chester Zoo; giving you unique insight into the zoo’s collections and facilities. There are also opportunities to 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.

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

*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 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.  

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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