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About the course

Are you passionate about animal welfare and keen to shape the management of the zoos of the future? Students from over 20 nationalities have chosen our unique programme, the first of its kind in the world. Study factors affecting animal behaviour, conservation, welfare and their interactions, as well as international zoo management and collaboration. Our partnership with Paignton Zoo gives you regular access to their connections, research and expertise – so you’re primed to make a difference.

Key features

  • Delivered in conjunction with the staff at Paignton Zoo and its parent body, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust which also owns Newquay Zoo and Living Coasts.
  • Develop your scientific knowledge, professional and technical skills as a conservation biologist. Learn how to manage

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Candidates with experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.


Course Content



Where is University of Plymouth


Student Profile(s)

Ellie Dyer

646.jpg I found out about my postgraduate programme of study on a poster outside the Faculty of Science office and then got further information from my undergraduate tutor.

I really enjoyed being in Plymouth; so near to beaches and the easy distances between all the student amenities. This is why I decided to stay, and I chose the postgraduate programme because there is no other like it in the UK – getting taught at Paignton Zoo was amazing and very good experience. I was getting taught everything I wanted to know about, it was such an interesting course.

I have moved to Cornwall, and am working as a Sustainability Manager in one of the UK’s most eco-friendly hotels – Bedruthan Steps Hotel, in Mawgan Porth on the North coast. I never dreamed I would be living by the beach in Cornwall; it definitely beats the grey and rainy stress of a London life and I can’t believe I’m a manager at such a young age.

The experience I am gaining here will be priceless, every day is different and I am learning skills which should hopefully set me up for a move into a more conservation orientated role in the future.

My goal is to one day work for the BBC’s natural history unit, helping to produce series such as Planet Earth. I want a job which involves travel and to do something which will make a difference in the conservation world. The things I learnt at university and the people I met, really pointed me in the right direction and made me certain of how I want my future to be, and what I want to spend my life doing.


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