Delivered in conjunction with the internationally-renowned Durrell Conservation Academy, this postgraduate degree provides you with an international outlook on species recovery. You’ll help meet the global need for academically proficient and technically expert individuals, who can bridge the gap between in-situ and ex-situ approaches to conservation.

Why choose this course?

  • This course achieved the Highly Commended Award from the Prospects Postgraduate Awards in 2014.
  • You can undertake an international research project using NTU’s links with national and international conservation projects.
  • Part of your study will take place at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation (DWCT) International Training Centre in Jersey, where specialist components of the Captive Breeding and Husbandry and Conservation Genetics modules are delivered.
  • Brackenhurst campus offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience.
  • Members of the course team have research links with international organisations, specifically the Course Leader, holding an ongoing adjunct professor position with California State University.
  • You will enjoy a new, 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library.

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences has invested heavily in facilities and research programmes that support wildlife conservation sciences. Our modern Animal Unit and varying habitats on campus support a strong community of undergraduate and postgraduate students on Animal Sciences, Zoo Biology and Wildlife Conservation courses.

Brackenhurst campus is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme that supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates. Over the years a number of endangered species have been involved in recovery programmes at Brackenhurst including Yellowhammers and Great Crested Newts.

Study Details:

MRes/MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

  • Conservation Priorities (20 credit points)
  • Species Recovery: Theories, Methods and Techniques (20 credit points)
  • Captive Breeding and Husbandry (20 credit points)
  • Conservation Genetics (20 credit points)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (20 credit points)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credit points)
  • Research Project (MRes 120 credit points, MSc 60 credit points)

Programme Funding

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Student Destinations

This course has been designed to enhance employment or research opportunities for graduates from Biology, Conservation, Animal Science degrees.


Course fees for 2020 entry are: Home (UK/EU students) Full-time (1 year) £8,200 Part-time £4,100 (for Year One*) International: Full-time (1 year) £15,100

Entry Requirements

What are we looking for?


  • A minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.


  • A minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent honours biological sciences degree.

Other requirements : Work experience in a relevant field

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

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