Entry requirements

Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience or interest in countryside management through either a relevant UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) or equivalent qualification and/or appropriate work/volunteer experience. Typically, this multi-disciplinary programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Countryside Management develops an aptitude in students to make informed decisions for the conservation and management of biodiversity in the context of sustainable development and stakeholder involvement. You will also develop your ability to use and collect biological records and subject them to critical analysis.


  • Countryside Management
  • Identification and Surveying Techniques
  • Research Methods in Biological Recording
  • Practical Techniques (including field course)
  • Project

The course is part-time and comprises of a mixture of distance learning study packs and a series of weekend residential field courses run in association with the Field Studies Council and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. These weekend field courses are studied at FSC centres. There is also a longer residential field trip which will provide you with practical experience of the essential techniques in the field of countryside management. Additional support is offered throughout by email or phone and more frequent meetings with staff can be arranged as necessary. The MSc takes 3 years to complete; the first two years are composed of two 30 credit unit each and the final year consists of your MSc project.

Career prospects
Recent graduates now work for a wide range of local authorities and organisations with interests in ecology, conservation and the countryside; including NGOs, government agencies and environmental consultancies.

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.

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


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969