Taught course

Bird Conservation

Manchester Metropolitan University · School of Science and the Environment

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, for example, having worked in the field of bird conservation for some years - will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Bird Conservation aims to provide students with detailed background on the evolution, taxonomy, ecology and behaviour of birds and then apply this knowledge to a wide range of practical conservation issues.

You will develop your understanding of how evolution has shaped many aspects of bird biology in response to the demands of flight. You will evaluate avian life history strategies, biogeography and population biology and how this information is used to design appropriate conservation measures. You will consider applied avian conservation management in relation to climate change, land-use practices, renewable energy development and other anthropogenic impacts.

There is a residential field-trip to either Poland or Tanzania which will provide you with practical experience of the essential techniques in the field of bird conservation.

The MSc is completed by a project which can be delivered in the UK or overseas, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There are also opportunities to work within Manchester Met research projects in Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius and Madeira.

This course starts in September 2016 and January 2017. Please note that January starters sit their examinations in May the following year, making the course duration 18 months.

Core units

  • Avian Biology and Conservation
  • Research Project
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Practical Techniques (including field course)

Option units

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

Career prospects
You will develop the knowledge and practical skills required for a career in avian research, conservation and consultancy. Other career routes will include animal management, agriculture and pest control, and 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.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Science and the Environment and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

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
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International students
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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 http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 2471234