Taught course

Conservation Leadership

University of Cambridge · Department of Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent. A statement of 750 words entitled "Why I would like to enrol on the MPhil in Conservation Leadership and how my background provides the relevant leadership experience for this course'. Applications are considered as part of a gathered field after the closing deadline.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership is a full-time, 11-month, Masters course aimed at graduates of leadership potential with usually at least three to five years of relevant professional experience, either in employment or in a voluntary capacity. The unique features of this course are its delivery by a partnership between several university departments and conservation organisations based around Cambridge, and its focus on issues of management and leadership. Consequently, the course aims to deliver a world-class and interdisciplinary education in Conservation Leadership that is not available elsewhere.

The MPhil in Conservation Leadership aims to train students to address the challenges of biodiversity conservation in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner, by focusing on an understanding of the root causes of ecosystem change and biodiversity loss. The goal is not only to develop conservationists with greater awareness of the complex drivers of biodiversity loss, but to develop the ability to act and lead effectively. This includes the development of professional management and leadership skills including strategic planning, finance and accounting, HR management/planning, innovation, entrepreneurship and the management of change. The course fosters and develops the leadership of its students by promoting their capacity to understand the links among the drivers of biodiversity loss, and to think creatively about conservation solutions across organizational and political boundaries and economic sectors, and by developing their confidence and maturity of judgment.

The course has two taught elements: (i) course work modules; and (ii) professional placement.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months

Course contact details

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