Manchester Metropolitan University

Zoo Conservation Biology

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. Features and benefits of the course: - Staff at Chester Zoo help teach the course and you will have access to zoo collections and facilities. - We have strong links with conservation projects overseas. - The course is taught by a vibrant community of research-active staff. - Flexible course delivery. Most lectures take place in the evenings, with daytime attendance at Chester Zoo. Some units are available in blocks, by self-study or by distance learning. - Lectures, other course material and assessment information is availble online via our learning platform, Moodle. - You will have access to recently refurbished laboratories, project facilities and resource rooms with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment.

Entry requirements

MSc: At least an upper second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications - but with equivalent experience - will also be considered. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed mostly through coursework, although some units have a formal examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years
MSc Part-time January 2020 - 1 Years
MSc Full-time January 2020 - 1 Years

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Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site M15 6BH North West

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