Manchester Metropolitan University

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.

Entry requirements

At least an upper 2nd-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.

Course modules

Modules include: Zoos and conservation; species conservation; genetics of populations; avian biology and conservation; behavioural biology; statistics and research design; practical techniques (including field course); project.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed mostly through coursework, although some units have a formal examination. Student research projects are usually completed by the end of September.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,390 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,870 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 5,390 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

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