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MRes Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation


Nottingham Trent University School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences

Full time & Part time September MRes

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About this course

Delivered in conjunction with the internationally renowned Durrell Conservation Academy, this postgraduate degree will provide you with an international outlook on species recovery. You’ll help meet the global need for academically proficient and technically expert individuals, who can bridge the gap between in-situ and ex-situ approaches to conservation. Supported by legislation in many countries, endangered species recovery represents the recognised scientific approach to the conservation of threatened species by way of a recovery plan. This course aims to develop detailed knowledge and experience of recovery planning, and the skills and knowledge associated with in-situ and ex-situ species recovery.

The combination of theory and practical sessions will enable you to

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Entry Requirements

2.1 honours degree in a relevant Biological Sciences degree or equivalent. Applicants with relevant industry experience will also be considered. International students require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill).



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Hannah Milankovic

“Before the course, I studied BSc Animal Biology at Nottingham Trent University. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, as well as the beautiful Brackenhurst Campus. The facilities are great on site, and I felt that I had lots of support from the lecturers and University throughout my degree.

“The MRes in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation focuses on how we can utilise our scientific knowledge and practical skills to benefit the recovery of endangered species through conservation genetics, mitigation, and other methods.

“The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in endangered species and would like to progress their skills in conserving the planet and wildlife.

“The academic staff are very supportive. I work closely with Dr. Nicholas Ray, who introduced me into the field of White Shark ecology in my undergraduate degree, and this allowed me to conduct a research project in South Africa investigating the composition of White Sharks in Mossel Bay. We now plan to advance my research at postgraduate level, and I feel confident that this course will provide me with the practical and theoretical skills needed in the field. I’ve learnt invaluable skills such as communication, time management, laboratory techniques and scientific writing. When I graduate, I hope to pursue a research centred role in elasmobranch ecology and begin a PhD.”


Javier Lazpita

“I previously studied biology, but I wanted to broaden my knowledge in the field of animal conservation. The MSc Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation course at Nottingham Trent University offered the exact postgraduate study I was looking for.

“The teaching methods at NTU are focused on the student and the courses are not over crowded which means the lecturers know all the students and try to help them in every way they can.

“The course helped me acquire knowledge which helped me get a job as a reptile keeper in a zoo. I was then promoted to head of department, and I am confident that the knowledge and experience I needed came from studying the MSc Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation course.”


Danny Vencatasamy

“Brackenhurst Campus was an amazing place to study and provided me with the necessary space during my course to learn some important field and laboratory techniques. The library is modern, and contains all the resources necessary to succeed.

“There is an excellent online system NOW- NTU Online Workspace, where all your course modules are found, link to an online library service, and a link to the employability team that provides a wide range of career advice such as CVs, cover letters and job adverts.

“I would definitely recommend my course if you want to specialise in this field for your career. It is tailored to meet all the current knowledge and skills.The course includes lots of activities and group work which provided the opportunity for interaction between students and lecturers.

“Nottinghamshire is a nice place to live, with all necessary shops and facilities such as libraries, gardens, parks and restaurants. I lived in Southwell, near the Brackenhurst Campus, so it was quick and safe to walk and there is also a good and regular bus service.

“You can use the same bus service to go to Nottingham city centre and there are also very good travel links around the city centre. There’s a nice diversity of people from various backgrounds in the city.

“My MSc has increased greatly my scientific experimental design and data analysis skills and expanded my theoretical knowledge in a number of areas. I have been able to apply these valuable insights in my day to day job and this has helped to improve my confidence in decision-making.

“This course has also motivated my career orientation towards looking for a more balanced practical and research-based job and it greatly increased my job prospects. Indeed, it aided me in securing my current role at the University of Leicester.”


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