Taught course

Wildlife Conservation

University of Chester · Department of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess:

  • Applicants should normally possess a 2:1 degree in a relevant area (or demonstrate equivalent experience in a related field, e.g. wildlife conservation, habitat or protected areas management, or ex situ conservation).
  • On application, students should provide a degree transcript.
  • Relevant previous experience in the field is expected.
  • An interview may also be required.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Our Master’s degree provides a unique training experience for someone seeking to develop a successful career in conservation. With the rapid decline of biodiversity, wildlife conservation is a crisis discipline. This urgency has led to growing local, national and international demand for specialists with academic and practical conservation skills.

Why study Wildlife Conservation with us?

We aim to build on and consolidate your existing skills/knowledge, and offer exposure to advanced concepts and practical applications in wildlife conservation. This will be done through exploration of our expertise in field and lab-based research on key species and habitats, in the UK and further afield.

Our staff are engaged in pioneering projects locally, nationally and globally, and have led the development of wildlife crime as an academic subject area. We are also involved in conservation of globally threatened species such as the Trinidad piping guan, Grenada dove and Philippine duck.

You will be engaged in a peer-based learning environment that includes field and lab work, which will provide insights into key research in wildlife conservation. We will also focus on the development of your professional skills and profile for your future career, and encourage links and networking opportunities with practitioners in the field.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is delivered through Moodle; internet discussion boards; and residential school, including lectures, lab sessions, field trips and tutorials. Modules typically require 200 hours’ study time, including:

  • 21 hours of lectures, seminars, group discussions and laboratory/ field activities
  • 10 hours of tutorial support
  • 169 hours of directed self-study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via lab/essay assignments; critical assessments/ reviews; research/funding proposals; multiple-choice quizzes/short answer questions; field reports; individual/group oral presentations; and preparation and presentation of posters. There are no examinations.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Department of Biological Sciences