Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Conservation Genetics

The programme addresses the essential theoretical background and develops applied skills in this new and rapidly expanding field. You will be trained in the use of molecular tools for aspects of taxonomy and classification, species conservation and in the application of the principles of genetics to the conservation management of small populations. You will develop problem-solving approaches to different evolutionary and population genetics scenarios. A range of option units are available and 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 conservation genetics. The programme is completed by a research-based project which can be completed in the UK or overseas, often in collaboration with an external organisation. There are also opportunities to work within MMU research projects in Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius and Madeira.

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 may include: Genetics of populations; statistics and research design; practical techniques (including a field course); project; zoos and conservation; avian biology and conservation; behavioural biology; countryside management; species conservation.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed mostly 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

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