Postgraduate MSc

Wildlife Conservation

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

Biodiversity is essential to life on earth, yet, ecological threats are at a record high. With recognition that our planet can no longer support society’s unsustainable ways, find out how you can be part of the solution in protecting precious ecosystems with our wildlife conservation postgraduate degree.

Developed to nurture the next generation of conservation leaders, the course aims to support a move towards a sustainable future for humans and wildlife, in line with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity 2011-2020 Vision: 'Living in Harmony with Nature'.

Led by a highly qualified, research-active staff programme team, you will develop cutting-edge skills and practical knowledge using tools that can help to to tackle complex issues surrounding our biodiversity crisis.

You will:
  • Explore current methods and techniques used to measure and evaluate biodiversity in the field
  • Understand the role that invasive species and pathogens play in altering local ecological communities and biodiversity
  • Develop and apply essential tools used to produce and interpret maps for conservation planning and monitoring

students accepted

This is for you if...


You have a genuine broad interest in wildlife and conservation


You want to learn the skills to support biodiversity


You are looking to develop your theoretical and practical experience

Course details

All about the course

The Wildlife Conservation postgraduate degree course comprises eight carefully-designed modules, plus one research-based dissertation project. The course is delivered full-time in one year, or spread across three years with the part-time route.

  • Full-time students will complete four 15-credit taught modules in each of of the first two trimesters on campus.  In the final trimester, students will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
  • Part-time students will complete two 15-credit modules in each of of the first four trimesters on campus. In two additional trimesters, students will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Course modules are designed to provide you with the skills a modern wildlife conservation biologist will need to make an impact in a wide-range of institutions, from NGOs, Federal Agencies to universities. The programme includes field course monitoring to give practical hands-on experience.

Trimester one (and Trimester two for part-time)

Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

In this module you will be provided with key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level.

GIS and Remote Sensing Applied for Wildlife Conservation

In this module, you will learn the essential tools to produce and interpret maps, an essential tool in conservation planning and monitoring.


Conservation Genetics

In this module you will learn how genetics and genomics have become essential tools for saving species from extinctions.



Global Conservation Challenges

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of conservation biology theory.

You will also learn how to critically assess various mitigation methods in wildlife conservation, what works and what doesn’t in conservation.

Trimester two (Trimester three and four for part-time)

Research Design and Delivery

This module will enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research and to apply appropriate analysis of research results, it has a strong focus on acquiring laboratory skills prior to undertaking the final research project module and as such will develop your practical skills beyond that of a standard MSc programme. It will provide opportunities for you to develop essential research skills in the discipline and allow you to undertake project work broadly aligned to the focus of your dissertation.

Invasions and Infections

In this module you will learn about the role the invasive species and pathogens play in altering local ecological communities and biodiversity.

Conservation Planning

This module is designed to introduce cutting edge computer tools used in the prioritisation of species and areas for conservation.

Biodiversity Monitoring

In this module you will learn about current methods and techniques used to measure and evaluate biodiversity in the field in any country in the world or locally in England.

Trimester three (Trimesters five and six for part-time)


This module is designed to provide a mechanism to allow development of a student’s investigative (experimental) skills with subject specific aims in the area of wildlife conservation with objectives being dependent on the project undertaken.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


Teaching and learning is delivered using a range of methods, including lectures and seminars, field trips, practical and computer-based activities, and professional guest presentations/talks.  


You will be assessed in a variety of methods, including theoretical essays, practical assignments, oral presentations and a dissertation.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.


You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.

Programme Team

The Wildlife Conservation postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with extensive research and subject knowledge. The team is part of an environmental community with prominence in shaping conservation best practice.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


There is global recognition that we need more conservation biologists to solve and mitigate the problems caused by human activities that are detrimental to the survival of wildlife such as the unsustainable forest use.

Wildlife conservation biologists work throughout the world in roles with a wide-range of institutions from NGOs, Federal Agencies to universities. Course graduates can also expect to find opportunities with state institutions, private companies, environmental consultancies and research institutions including universities.


Wildlife Conservation postgraduates can choose research to take their subject knowledge even further. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

The Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre at Salford is home to our vibrant, collaborative community exploring a range of conservation-related fields, from ecosystem services to environmental assessment.

A taste of what you could become

A conservation biologist

A wildlife conservationist

A wildlife ranger

An ecology campaigner

And more...


What you need to know


The course is recommended for graduates from biological sciences, anthropology and veterinary science. It also suitable for applicants with relevant professional experience who may want to formalise their knowledge and skills with a postgraduate award or use it to facilitate career progression.


International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

You will need an appropriate undergraduate degree (e.g., biological sciences, anthropology, veterinary science) with a minimum classification of 2:2 (lower second class).

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,180per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,530 per 30 credits
Additional costs


Residential field courses are covered by the University. You will not be charged for field (day) trips, but you are expected to provide your own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022