Taught course

Conservation Management of African Ecosystems MSc

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

Months of entry


Course content

The Conservation Management of African Ecosystems programme is a unique, double Masters programme implemented jointly with the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania. A key feature of the programme will be the opportunity to carry out an in-depth research project in Tanzania. Successful students will qualify with a masters degree from the University of Glasgow and a masters degree from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology.

  • This programme will provide insight into the principles of conservation management, biodiversity measurement, applied ecology, the human dimension of conservation and the epidemiology of diseases that threaten endangered species.

  • It will develop students’ competence in study design, data analysis, scientific writing and communication skills in a quantitative and scientific context appropriate to enable independent research and publication of high quality outputs, as well as communicating to a broader range of audiences (e.g. for government policy making and public outreach). It will also train students in a range of specialised skills, techniques, practices and analyses required for state-of-the-art research and management in conservation biology.
  • The programme will provide the opportunity to study in-depth a choice of current issues in conservation management through an extended research project that involves setting your own results in the wider context through critical evaluation of the evidence base in that field, assimilation and synthesis of information relevant to your specific study, with reference to the latest literature and identification of the strengths and weaknesses in your own approach and results.
  • The University of Glasgow has a wide range of experience, expertise and long-term cooperation with partners in northern Tanzania. This Programme offers students the opportunity to benefit from well-established teaching and support at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow, and combine that with research work in one of the major conservation areas of Tanzania.

Find out more about core and optional courses

Please note that the programme structure is currently under review and interested candidates are strongly advised to contact us at mvls-cmae@glasgow.ac.uk.

Information for international students

Please see the English language Requirements.


Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time fee: £8000
International students
Full-time fee: £21020

Tuition fees for 2019-20


Students are required to pay for fees at both the University of Glasgow and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology for 12 months each.


  • University of Glasgow: £8000
  • Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science & Technology: US$13000*


  • University of Glasgow: £21020
  • Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science & Technology: US$13000*

*Fees at NM-AIST for 2019 are currently under review. They include US$3,000 as Fee plus US$10,000 for the research component. See: http://www.nm-aist.ac.tz/pages/fees-funding.php

Students should also ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover their living expenses. As a guide, stipend rates for students are currently estimated as:

  • Glasgow: £14,252 for 12 months
  • Arusha: US$6,700 for 12 months

Find out more about additional fees at NM-AIST.

For funding opportunities search the scholarships database


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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