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  Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice


University of Oxford    Department for Continuing Education

Full time January PGDip 7-8 months Award winner
Biological Sciences (4) Environmental Sciences (13)

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Unleash your passion for wildlife conservation with the Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice at the prestigious Recanati-Kaplan Centre. This eight-month intensive course, tailored for early-career conservationists and recent graduates with field experience, delves into the global aspects of wildlife conservation and the essential survey methods for terrestrial mammals. The programme offers a unique opportunity to study at Tubney House, providing comfortable accommodation and a supportive learning environment. One standout feature of this diploma is the generous scholarships available, including funding for course fees, international travel, accommodation, and living expenses. The programme prides itself on its close association with the Panthera Foundation, ensuring candidates from developing nations can access this invaluable opportunity. With a focus on practical skills and real-world applications, graduates emerge equipped to make a tangible impact in the field of wildlife conservation. Join us in this transformative journey towards safeguarding our planet's precious biodiversity.

About the course

The Recanati-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice is an eight-month full-time course (of which one month is distance learning) focusing on the global dimensions of wildlife conservation, and the survey and analysis methods commonly used in the study of terrestrial mammals. The course is intended for early-career conservationists, working with government agencies or NGOs, or recent graduates with considerable field experience, particularly in developing nations.

Please visit the WildCRU website for further details of the Recanati-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice.

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Shweta Shivakumar

'The course was a dream course in terms of its curriculum of applied conservation skills, ranging from field techniques to statistics (a very crucial part of wildlife conservation research) and public speaking to conflict resolution.

'If I had tried to gain the same theoretical knowledge and practical skills by working my way through short-term project placements, I guess it would have taken me a 2-3 years at the least. The best thing about this course was that although I did not have a formal education in wildlife, I was eligible to apply. All you needed was evidence of proven long-term commitment in the field and hands-on experience with large mammal conservation projects.

'To others considering this programme I would say do not be discouraged by the seeming brevity of the course. There is a lot of training that can be packed in 7-8 months of intensive classes and practical. Personally, I had the experience of a lifetime, made friends from all over the world and connected with professionals working in this field for longer than I can imagine myself doing.

'If you think that you have the passion and field experience required to both benefit from and contribute to the curriculum of the postgraduate diploma, why don’t you email the coordinator with your CV to see if you would be a suitable candidate. This is how exciting stuff begins.'

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Funding for graduate courses is competitive, but the University of Oxford offers more support than you might think. For example, for the 2022-23 academic year, just over 48% of our new graduate students received full or partial funding from the University or other funders.

For the 2024-25 academic year, the University expects to be able to offer over 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships for new students.

Scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential, and will cover some or all of your course fees and/or provide a grant for living costs for your period of fee liability. The eligibility criteria for different scholarships vary, with some being open to the majority of new graduate students and others restricted by particular characteristics, for example by degree subject or country of ordinary residence. Some scholarship schemes offer additional benefits like events to support scholars, or membership of a scholar community or leadership programme.

For the majority of Oxford scholarships, all you need to do is submit your graduate application by the December or January deadline for your course. There’s no separate scholarship application process or extra supporting documentation required for funding. Based on the information supplied in your graduate application, you will be automatically considered for scholarships where you meet the eligibility criteria with most scholarships using academic merit and/or potential as the basis on which award decisions are made.

The vast majority of college scholarships do not require you to select that particular college as your preference on the graduate application form. They will consider all eligible applicants who apply by the relevant deadline. If you are selected for a college scholarship, we will move your place to the relevant college.

Most Oxford scholarships are awarded between late February and June. The approximate date by which decisions are expected to be made will normally be given in the scholarship information available from the A-Z of Scholarships.

A scholarship may be awarded either at the same time or after you are offered a place by your department. It may be awarded either before or after you have been offered a college place.


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