Taught course

Zoo Conservation Biology

Institution
University of Plymouth · School of Biological and Marine Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline is usually required. Candidates with experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Are you passionate about animal welfare and keen to shape the management of the zoos of the future? Students from over 20 nationalities have chosen our unique programme, the first of its kind in the world. Study factors affecting animal behaviour, conservation, welfare and their interactions, as well as international zoo management and collaboration. Our partnership with Paignton Zoo gives you regular access to their connections, research and expertise – so you’re primed to make a difference.

  • Delivered alongside industry partners at Paignton Zoo and its parent body, the Wild Planet Trust which also owns Newquay Zoo and Living Coasts.
  • Develop your scientific knowledge, professional and technical skills as a zoo biologist. Learn how to manage animals and environments for the purpose of education, conservation and wildlife research.
  • Study aspects of animal breeding, behaviour and ecology, as well as how welfare, housing, nutrition and health all have a part to play in species management.
  • Learn to troubleshoot problems at the level of a social group within a particular zoological collection, right up to the level of a species globally. Explore how breeding programmes for endangered species are international in scope.
  • Benefit from the knowledge and guidance of University of Plymouth's expert staff with specialisms including the behaviour of captive animals, animal nutrition, the welfare of captive birds and the application of population genetics to captive and natural fish populations.
  • Find out how the science of zoos is used to inform government policy. Two of our teaching team are the only academic representatives on the government’s Zoos Expert Committee.
  • Get behind-the-scenes insight with a number of days each week with our partners at Paignton Zoo. Deepen your understanding of the business and conservation work of zoos, and how networks and collaborations work between them.
  • Access the latest research and information from the Wild Planet Trust including information on their co-ordinated breeding programmes for endangered species.
  • Get a behind the scenes insight into Wild Planet Trust zoos: Paignton, Living Coasts and Newquay, and be inspired by the diversity of zoos in the area, including Shaldon, Dartmoor, Longleat, Bristol, and the National Marine Aquarium. Many students choose to conduct immersive research projects within zoos both locally and internationally.
  • Graduates work in zoos as educators, researchers, managers and keepers. Many go on to PhD study or work in further education. Other employers include the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the European Association for Zoos and Aquaria; the Natural History Unit (BBC); national and international conservation organisations.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.
The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element).

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,950
International students
£16,200

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@plymouth.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1752 585858