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.
This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system. In order to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification (http://onlinesupport.conted.ox.ac.uk/TechnicalSupport/YourComputer.php). Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.
Students are normally accommodated in the study bedrooms at the Recanati-Kaplan Centre, Tubney House.
A grant by the founder of the Panthera Foundation (Dr Thomas Kaplan) provides for the sponsorship of candidates from the developing world. Depending on the amount of own or third party funding secured by candidates, applications can be made for any or all of the following costs:
- Course fees - International travel, to and from the UK - Accommodation - Living expenses for the duration of the course
'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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