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
The MSc in Conservation Genetics addresses the essential theoretical background and develops applied skills in this new and rapidly expanding field. You will be trained in the use of molecular tools for aspects of taxonomy and classification, species conservation and in the application of the principles of genetics to the conservation management of small populations.
You will develop problem-solving approaches to different evolutionary and population genetics scenarios. A range of option units are available and there is a residential fieldtrip to either Poland or Tanzania which will provide you with practical experience of the essential techniques in the field of conservation genetics.
The MSc is completed by a research-based project which can be completed in the UK or overseas, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There are also opportunities to work within MMU research projects in Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius and Madeira.
- Genetics of Populations
- Statistics and Research Design
- Practical Techniques (including a field course)
- Zoos and Conservation
- Avian Biology and Conservation
- Behavioural Biology
- Countryside Management
- Species Conservation
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. Teaching begins in September and finishes with the field courses in mid-May/July.
Graduate career routes will include animal management, agriculture and pest control, teaching and environmental education with organisations such as environmental consultancies, government research and advisory bodies, zoos and NGOs. Some students will go on to study at PhD level.
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
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
Course contact details
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