Zoos play a crucial role in animal conservation. Whether they’re carrying out important research into animal behaviour, taking part in breeding programmes, educating the public or advising policymakers, they are key players in international conservation.

Study our masters in Zoo Conservation Biology and you can play your part too, as you develop expertise in managing and maintaining captive populations, while exploring its link with species conservation on a worldwide scale.

The main core unit is Zoo Conservation, which we deliver with the help of our partners at Chester Zoo – giving you access to the zoo’s collections and facilities. Other units on the programme include a three-month work placement at a UK zoo or aquarium, and a field course to Poland, Ecuador or East Africa. With a wide range of option units, you’ll also have the chance to specialise in subjects like species recovery and behavioural biology.

Study Details:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core units

  • Zoo Conservation
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Practical Techniques and Analysis
  • Topics in Organismal Genetics
  • Field Course OR Placement
  • Masters Project in Zoo Conservation

Option units

  • Topics in Conservation and Sustainability
  • Behavioural Biology
  • Species Recovery
  • Avian Biology and Conservation
  • Earth Observation and GIS


Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as ecology, biology, zoology, botany, animal behaviour or environmental science. We might also consider your application if you have several years’ professional experience in a related field.

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