Taught course

Zoo Conservation Biology

Manchester Metropolitan University · School of Science and the Environment

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree of 2:2 honours (or equivalent) quality in a relevant allied subject normally would be expected. Exceptions may be possible for applicants who can demonstrate highly relevant work experience in industry over several years. Each application is considered on its own merit.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology is run in close collaboration with the North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo) and is designed to produce graduates who want to develop careers in the research, management and re-introduction of captive populations. The programme features a strong numerical and research-orientated approach. The main theory unit ‘Zoo Conservation’ is studied at Chester Zoo. There is also an option for a three-month work placement at a UK zoo or aquarium and you can add on a research project at the same institution and, in effect, take a 6-month placement. Through our contacts, we can help arrange the placements and projects.

The course has core units in Statistics and Research Design, Practical Techniques and Analysis and Topics in Organismal Genetics. There are optional courses in Earth Observation and GIS, Topics in Conservation and Sustainability, Behavioural Biology and Advanced Science Communication. You can also opt for a field course in Europe (e.g. Białowieża forest), East Africa or Ecuador.

Core units

Core units

  • Zoo Conservation
  • Statistics & Research Design
  • Masters Project in Zoo Conservation
  • Practical Techniques and Analysis
  • Topics in Organismal Genetics
  • Field Course OR Placement

Option units

  • Topics in Conservation and Sustainability
  • Behavioural Biology
  • Species Recovery
  • Avian Biology and Conservation
  • Earth Observation and GIS

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

Study pattern
Course delivery is flexible and most lectures take place in the evening. Lectures, other course materials and assessment information is available online via our online learning platform, Moodle. You will be assessed mostly through coursework, although some units have a formal examination.

Career prospects
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

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, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969