Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Bird Conservation

The programme aims to provide students with detailed background on the evolution, taxonomy, ecology and behaviour of birds and then apply this knowledge to a wide range of practical conservation issues. You will develop your understanding of how evolution has shaped many aspects of bird biology in response to the demands of flight. You will evaluate avian life history strategies, biogeography and population biology and how this information is used to design appropriate conservation measures. You will consider applied avian conservation management in relation to climate change, land-use practices, renewable energy development and other anthropogenic impacts. There is a residential fieldtrip to either Poland or Tanzania which will provide you with practical experience of the essential techniques in the field of bird conservation. The programme is completed by a project which can be delivered in the UK or overseas, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There are also opportunities to work within Manchester Met research projects in Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius and Madeira.

Entry requirements

At least an upper 2nd Class UK Honours degreee (or international equivalent) in a subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental sciences is normally required; applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications - but with equivalent experience, for example, having worked in the field of bird conservation for some years - will also be considered.

Course modules

Modules may include: Avian biology and conservation; statistics and research design; practical techniques (including field course); project option units; countryside management; species conservation; genetics of populations; zoos and conservation; behavioural biology.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through coursework, formal examinations, reports, critical reviews, data handling practicals and presentations. Formal teaching begins in October and finishes with the field courses in mid-May or mid-July. Student research projects are usually completed by the end of September.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 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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