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Wildlife Management and Conservation (MSc)

Course Description

This course will prime you for employment in the competitive wildlife conservation sector.

Emphasis is placed on CV development, so relevant extracurricular activities are provided and encouraged to help you to hone the skills and qualities desired by employers. The other element that sets this MSc apart is the number of hours spent in the field or associated laboratory work. Fewer than 50 per cent of the contact hours are spent in a lecture room. Some 90 per cent of graduates from this course secure employment in the conservation/ecology sector or go on to a PhD.

Modules include:

• Species and habitat conservation
• Marine Conservation
• Mammal Conservation
• Geographic Information Systems
• Field trips

What career can you have?

Over the years, this MSc has consistently demonstrated that students leave with the skills required by the conservation sector. Since 1997, 80% of all students have gained employment in the conservation sector with a further 10% going on to PhD. The sorts of jobs secured are very varied; many people work for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) but quite a few find employment within the government sector (Natural England, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Council Biodiversity Officers).


Learn from enthusiastic and friendly academics with a real passion for their subject; draw on their advice and experience gained from years of teaching and research expertise in both biomedical and evolutionary biology/ecology.

Our research interests span the broad scope of modern biology, from individual molecules to global biodiversity and sustainability, and we emphasise cross-disciplinary and quantitative approaches.

The Cole Museum of Zoology and the Herbarium: research and teaching facilities containing over 4,000 zoological specimens and around 300,000 plant specimens.

Modern, well-equipped laboratories will support your learning and research. These include automated DNA sequencers and real-time PCR machines for molecular work; a state-of-the-art imaging suite with confocal and super resolution microscopes; dedicated microbiology laboratories for the study of bacteria and viruses; excellent computing facilities for computer intensive work in phylogenetics, bioinformatics, protein structure, evolution and population biology; and Controlled Environment suites for the study of invertebrates and plants.

Visit the Wildlife Management and Conservation (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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