Taught course

Conservation Genetics

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 - will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Core units

  • Genetics of Populations
  • Masters Project in Conservation and Behaviour
  • Practical Techniques
  • Zoos and Conservation
  • Avian Biology and Conservation
  • Behavioural Biology
  • Species Conservation

Study pattern
You will be assessed mostly through coursework, although some units have a formal examination.

Career prospects
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.

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

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