Taught course

Conservation Biology

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Science and Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications - but with equivalent experience - will also be considered.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Description
The MSc Conservation Biology programme aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of the science which underpins conservation. Students can gain experience of essential techniques and fieldwork. The programme has a strong numerical and research-orientated approach. You can also gain experience in the increasingly important field of conservation genetics.

The course has an international outlook and provides opportunities for students to gain conservation experience overseas. There is a residential field course which can be in either Poland or Tanzania. Our facilities have recently been updated and you will engage with a large community of research active staff. There are exciting opportunities to complete your MSc research project abroad, for example you may join a project investigating the problems of conserving large mammals outside protected areas in Kenya. We also have links to research projects in many other countries.

Core units

  • Species Conservation
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Practical Techniques (including a field course)
  • Project


Option units

  • Zoos and Conservation
  • Genetics of Populations
  • Avian Biology and Conservation
  • Behavioural Biology


Study pattern
Course delivery is flexible and most lectures take place in the evening. Lectures, other course materials and assessment information is available via our online learning platform, moodle. 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.

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
Full-time UK/EU £6,930. Part-time UK/EU £1,155 per 30 credit unit. MSc = 180 credits.
International students
Non-EU international £13,300.

This MSc programme is eligible for a PEP fee scholarship for September 2014 entry. For more information, visit http://www.sci-eng.mmu.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-courses/pep/

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 www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries Team
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969