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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see our website for fees information

  • Last Updated

    10 December 2018

Course content

Turn your passion for animals into a career in conservation, with a practical, focused masters that starts at Chester Zoo and could take you all the way to the Serengeti.

Ideas about conservation have changed dramatically in recent decades. The modern approach to animal welfare is about how conservation in captivity can work hand in hand with efforts in the wild. It’s crucial – as research from one feeds back into management in the other, and vice versa, from captive breeding programmes to the theory and practice of reintroduction, and everything in between.

MSc Zoo Conservation Biology offers a look at the big picture of conservation, exploring the important role of zoos in the overall delivery of animal management and welfare worldwide. Of course, that also includes the chance to work closely with animals – there’s a large practical component to this course, both with our local partners at Chester Zoo and our international partners in Europe, Africa and South America.

For anyone passionate about animals, this masters provides a path to the scientific knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to pursue a rewarding career in the research, management and reintroduction of captive populations.

About the Course

This MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology is run in close collaboration with the North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo) and is designed to produce graduates who want to develop careers in the research, management and re-introduction of captive populations.

The theory unit is studied at Chester Zoo. There is also a three month work placement which can take place at any zoo in the UK or overseas and we will help you organise this. A wide variety of option units in conservation and animal behaviour are available, including a field course in Tanzania. The programme is completed with a research project relevant to zoo conservation.

Course delivery is flexible and most lectures take place in the evening. Lectures, other course materials and assessment information is available online via our online learning platform, Moodle.

Formal teaching begins in September and finishes with the field courses in mid-May or mid-July. Student research projects are usually completed by the end of September.


Visit the Zoo Conservation Biology - MSc page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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