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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 develop a holistic approach to endangered species recovery and conservation. Part of your study will take place at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT) International Training Centre.

The course also offers you the opportunity to undertake an international research project using NTU’s links with conservation projects in North America, Sweden and South Africa.

How do you study

You’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, online learning, and practical sessions. Independent learning is required, and you’ll undertake high-quality research. You’ll research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project, before communicating the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.

Teaching is supported by our Brackenhurst Campus – a 200-hectare country estate and working farm. The campus is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme, which supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates.

Over the years, a number of rare and endangered species of wildlife have been involved in recovery programmes at Brackenhurst, including yellowhammers and great crested newts.

You will have access to our purpose-built Animal Unit, which is home to over 150 animals, from 40 different species. You’ll have the opportunity to work with the domestic and exotic species found here, as well as out in the natural habitats on the estate, and further afield on international research projects. You’ll also have access to specialised teaching and laboratory facilities.

The academic team who facilitate this course work on endangered species recovery initiatives in several countries, and have established recovery research links in Canada and America, where species recovery is a recognised process supported by government legislation. The team also have links to species recovery programmes in Mauritius, Sweden and South Africa. These links provide opportunities and scope for a wide range of research projects in the field.

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