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Manchester Metropolitan University: Global Conservation Biology

Institution Manchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Department of Natural Sciences
Telephone 0161 247 6969
Study type Taught


The world’s habitats are undergoing rapid transformation. The impacts of climate change are causing species extinction at an unprecedented rate. Conservation biology as a discipline looks at the science behind these changes – including the identification of ecosystems at risk, ways of conserving biodiversity, and the role of genetics and demography.

With our masters, you’ll tackle all that and more, gaining the knowledge and skills for a career at the forefront of conservation. You’ll explore the scientific background of species conservation and the factors driving extinction. You’ll also look at the sustainable use of resources and learn valuable statistical techniques for analysing ecological data.

But this course is as much about practice as it is about theory. While the core units include a field course to a European destination or Tanzania*, your masters project also has a practical focus, demanding in-depth research before you present your findings.

Throughout, you’ll be supported by experienced academics who bring their real-world expertise directly to the classroom as you prepare to make your own way in the world of conservation. The international focus of this degree is a career journey that could take you across the globe.

*All overseas field courses are subject to any international travel restrictions and/or availability. The University follows the latest government guidance and if required, the overseas trip may be replaced with a UK alternative field course.

Features and Benefits:

  • Learn alongside world-leading researchers – 100% of our research impact from our Ecology and Environment Research Centre is world-leading or internationally excellent and we are ranked 5th in the UK for impact in Environmental Science (REF 2021).

  • Investing in your future – We’re transforming our science and engineering campus. Opening in 2024, the Dalton building provides a professional study environment with world-class facilities, including a 200 capacity Superlab, so that you’re well prepared to experience life within a modern industry setting when you graduate.

  • Flexible learning – Make time for research, lab work and independent studies thanks to a flexible course that includes evening lectures, all backed up by our online learning platform.

  • Expert teaching – Learn from a passionate community of teaching staff who bring extensive experience of field research into the classroom to shape your studies.

  • Overseas fieldwork opportunities – Gain valuable practical experience in ecological and data collection techniques through our Field Course Unit, with the opportunity to visit some of the most famous wildlife sites in the world, including the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

  • Explore your research interests – You’ll have the opportunity to carry out your research in association with staff projects across the world or with partner organisations such as conservation bodies and zoos.

  • Excellent on-site research facilities – We are home to one of the UK’s only university-based Amphibian Conservation Research Facility, which works with zoos to determine the best way to keep amphibians in captivity and halt their ongoing decline.


Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) is a historic and internationally recognised institution that dates back to 1824. Known for the quality of its teaching, it is also ranked as one of the top 60 universities in the UK*.

The University, which is located in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, is home to a diverse community of more than 4,000 international students from over 100 countries. International students are offered comprehensive support throughout their journey at Manchester Met, including advice on employability skills, careers, accommodation, and immigration.

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