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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.

About the course

Designed in consultation with multiple external agencies to ensure relevant training that maximises graduate employability and targets both research and practical conservation skills.

Offers substantial fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas, including a field course in Kenya.

Provides opportunities to connect with external agencies and organisations to further enhance your training.

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Entry Requirements

Normally at least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject is required, although a 2:2 with relevant experience will be considered. 

Applicants from non-science backgrounds will be considered, provided that your first degree contained an empirical component, and/or if you have had work experience in the field of conservation/wildlife management.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

 Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Katie Goodman

I have always been interested in the natural world, environmental issues, sustainability and conservation. After travelling for a while following my undergraduate degree, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in the environmental field and the MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at Cornwall sounded really interesting. There have been many valuable aspects of the programme, most notably the high level of external speakers and experts who have come in to speak to us regarding local and national conservation issues and programmes. The Cornwall Campus is in a great location surrounded by nature and it also means I don't have to travel far to carry out my research.


Coming from an urban environment in America, moving over 3,500 miles into a coastal rural area is very different. Everyone has been welcoming with a positive attitude, constantly inviting me to join for academic and social events. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to begin my independent life!

It’s a fantastic programme that automatically grants you the opportunity to experience conducting research in the field while simultaneously gaining a better understanding regarding human-wildlife conflicts across the African continent while studying in Kenya. You’ll make lifelong friends who are also focused on dedicating their career to wildlife conservation. The university staff is incredibly welcoming and accommodating, willing to help you achieve your full potential.


We’ve provided the information on our website to help you get started on finding funding opportunities that are available to you: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Over £4 million in scholarships available


We recommend you start looking as early as possible for funding, especially if you will need financial assistance to undertake a postgraduate course.

There are a number of ways to fund postgraduate study including: scholarships, studentships, wages, bursaries, savings, inheritance, and, increasingly, alternative methods such as crowdfunding and philanthropy. The options available may depend on your fee status or other criteria.

Application Procedure

See our website for details of funding available and how to apply :https://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/

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