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Manchester Metropolitan University: MSc African Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Institution Manchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Department of Natural Sciences
Study type Taught


Africa is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary ecosystems, but they face an ever-increasing range of threats, from climate change to habitat loss and unsustainable utilisation. Our MSc in African Wildlife Ecology and Conservation provides you with the skills and knowledge to make the scientifically informed decisions needed to effectively manage and conserve these unique natural resources.

This is a masters course based on in-person learning in East Africa and delivered in partnership with the College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM). So, it offers far more than an occasional field trip: you’ll be based at the CAWM campus in Tanzania for two blocks of four to five weeks per year, which will be a mixture of classroom teaching and fieldwork. You’ll have another six to eight weeks in Tanzania for your research, with online learning in between.

With access to UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you’ll be learning directly in the environment you’re learning about, to gain first-hand experience of African wildlife. As well as exploring both the theory and practice of conservation projects, you’ll also learn the latest analytical techniques including monitoring distributions and recording animal behaviour, together with statistical analysis, GIS and project management.

It’s a powerful combination of fundamental research, advanced knowledge and applied skills – whether acting as a platform for continuing to PhD level, or if you’re entering a career in conservation.

For more information on the College of African Wildlife Management, please visit their website.

Features and Benefits:

  • Study in Tanzania – Learn amongst some of the world’s most extraordinary ecosystems, with access to UNESCO World Heritage sites and Conservation Areas, and fieldwork-based at a station in the wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.

  • Join a diverse cohort – Learn alongside students with a broad range of backgrounds, nationalities and experiences.

  • Learn from experts – Tutors renowned for training wildlife managers and research-active academics with long experience in the region – not to mention guest lectures from external partners – you’ll learn from leaders in their field.

  • Flexible course – With all lectures and course materials available on our virtual learning platform, ‘Moodle’, you can learn, revise and revisit in your own time.

  • Learning materials – Draw from a vast range of resources, with access to online journals and e-books through both the Manchester Met and CAWM libraries.

  • Practical skills – Go well beyond a theoretical understanding of conservation science, with units and activities focused on fieldwork, applied techniques and project management skills.

  • Leading research – 100% of our research impact from Manchester Met’s 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).


Manchester Metropolitan University


Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse community of international students from over 100 countries.

Located in the centre of Manchester, Manchester Met’s campus is conveniently located close to the city’s many world-renowned music, sports and cultural venues, as well as the second-largest Chinatown in Britain.

The University is undergoing a £400m investment programme to enhance its teaching and research facilities, buildings and public spaces. This includes the opening of their Institute of Sport and School of Digital Arts (SODA).  

Manchester Metropolitan conducts research in fields that are actively shaping the world, both now and in …

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