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.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.
International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international
Months of entry
The MSc Conservation Biology programme aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of the science which underpins conservation. The programme has a strong numerical and research-orientated approach. There are core units in Statistics and Research Design, Practical Techniques and Analysis, Biodiversity Conservation, Topics in Organismal Genetics and Topics in Conservation and Sustainability. You can choose between field courses in Europe (e.g. Białowieża forest), East Africa or Ecuador. There are optional courses in Earth Observation and GIS, Species Recovery, Avian Biology and Conservation, Behavioural Biology and Advanced Science Communication.
The course has an international outlook and is taught by a large community of research active staff. There are exciting opportunities to complete MSc research project abroad in countries such as Ecuador, Tanzania, Mauritius and Kenya and we also have strong links with many UK based conservation organisations which host research projects.
- Statistics and Research Design
- Masters Project in Conservation
- Practical Techniques and Analysis
- Biodiversity Conservation
- Field Course
- Topics in Conservation and Sustainability
- Topics in Organismal Genetics
- Behavioural Biology
- Species Recovery
- Avian Biology and Conservation
- Earth Observation and GIS
- Monitoring Habitat and Species Responses to Environmental Change
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.
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.
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
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
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||10|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||90|
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries Team
- +44 (0)161 247 6969