Develop the skills you need for a rewarding career in wildlife conservation. Learn from environmental experts and get hands-on experience of tools such as GIS and PCR. Communicating conservation messages and data handling are core parts of this exciting Masters course.
Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.
Our planet urgently needs well-trained wildlife conservationists to find solutions to the problems of biodiversity loss.
If you’re passionate about wildlife and planning a career in conservation, this Masters degree will equip you with the applied skills you need.
You’ll focus on the sustainable management of wildlife and habitats and learn how to analyse and interpret data in the interests of conservation.
Our MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation has been developed with international environmental organisations, so you can be sure your skills and knowledge will be valued by employers.
You’ll study in Cambridge, where you’ll benefit from specialist guest lecturers and our links with local conservation organisations such as the British Antarctic Survey and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Field trips will give you the opportunity to work on conservation projects in the UK and abroad. As well as a number of day field trips, we offer an optional residential field trip, usually overseas, to enable you to explore issues central to wildlife conservation and sustainability, in situ.
Key practical skills you’ll gain include the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software to map and analyse species distributions and support conservation planning, and statistical analysis skills.
You’ll develop research skills, and we’ll also support you to gain communication skills important in your future career as a scientist or conservationist engaging with non-governmental organisations and the wider public.
As a student on ARU’s MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation you can choose to study full- or part-time.
This is one of two postgraduate degrees in animal conservation on offer at ARU. You can also learn how an understanding of animal behaviour can help solve conservation problems with our MSc Animal Behaviour Applications for Conservation.
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Our MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation will prepare you for careers in areas such as conservation biology, environmental consultancy and conservation education.
You may also develop a career within a non-governmental organisation (NGO), charity, zoo, private company, a government body or in a related field such as ecotourism.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Biology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.
“I studied conservation at ARU and now work as a key scientific co-ordinator reintroducing European bison to Germany. It’s an amazing role that involves management of bison herds; conducting research on ethology and ecology [and] participating in international conferences.”KAJA
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