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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, following a taught component in Glasgow, the opportunity to carry out an in-depth research project over 15 months in one of the major conservation areas of 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.

Why This Programme

  • 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.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of two semesters of taught courses based at Glasgow: see 'Core and optional courses' below.

Following the Glasgow taught courses the student will travel to Tanzania to undertake training and research at one of the major conservation areas in Tanzania. During this time they will be registered with the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha, northern Tanzania.

A final three months of the research period will be linked to the University of Glasgow but, by common agreement with the supervisors, the student may remain in Tanzania for this period, or study back at Glasgow.

Successful completion of the full course will lead to the award of two master's degrees: one from the University of Glasgow, and one from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology. The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology will recognise the credits from the taught courses at Glasgow as part of the NMAIST Masters degree. An exit point following successful completion of the taught parts of the course without completion of the research component may be awarded a PgDip from the University of Glasgow.

A total of 180 credits are required, with 30 flexible credits in term 2. See the accompanying detailed course descriptions found in the IBAHCM Masters Programme Overview. When selecting options, please email the relevant course coordinator as well as registering using MyCampus.

Please refer to the website for full details glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/conservationmanagementafricanecosystems


Visit the Conservation Management of African Ecosystems- MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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