Postgraduate MSc

Wildlife Conservation

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

Biodiversity is under threat. With recognition that our planet can no longer support our unsustainable ways, find out how you can be part of the solution in protecting precious ecosystems with our MSc Wildlife Conservation postgraduate degree.

Developed to nurture the next generation of conservation leaders, our course aims to support a move towards a sustainable future for humans and wildlife. Led by a highly qualified, research-active staff programme team, you will develop knowledge and practical skills to tackle complex issues surrounding our biodiversity crisis.

You can learn more about studying wildlife conservation, explore course modules and speak to the course team by joining our next online Open Day.

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 want to develop knowledge and skills for a future career where you can help to create global solutions that reduce the risks facing ecosystems and wildlife populations


You are passionate about wildlife conservation and environmental issues, and want to contribute to initiatives designed to support biodiversity and species protection


You want to realign your skills to take advantage of research or employment opportunities emerging in conservation and biodiversity protection

Course details

All about the course

Conservation students

Course delivery

Our MSc 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:

  • as a full-time student, you will complete four 15-credit taught modules in each of of the first two trimesters on campus.  In the final trimester, you will complete a 60-credit research dissertation
  • as a part-time student, you will complete two 15-credit modules in each of of the first four trimesters on campus. Across two additional trimesters, you will complete a 60-credit research dissertation
Learning experience

We've designed the course to equip you with the skills a wildlife conservation biologist will need to make an impact. During your studies, you will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Field trips form an important part of your learning experience, and you will also have opportunities to engage with research and projects led by our Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre.

The course curriculum is designed to develop your knowledge in key areas of wildlife conservation. Alongside studying the fundamentals of conservation biology theory, you will focus on genetics, biodiversity monitoring, invasions, infections and conservation planning.

In preparation for your future career in either research or practice, the course includes modules and activities to build your technical skills using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies. You will also develop transferable skills by learning to design and conduct academic research at the postgraduate and professional levels.

Learn more about the current course modules in the section below.

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 changing world, our postgraduate courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and industry leaders.

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to take your career potential further.


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?

Conservation monitoring


Conservations specialists are in demand. 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 and federal agencies to universities. Typical roles include working as an active practitioner conducting research or active conservation management, providing consultancy services or leading campaign-based advocacy.

Equipped with the knowledge and skills you will develop on this course, you can choose to pursue career opportunities working with state institutions, private companies, environmental consultancies and research institutions.


You might also choose to take your subject interest further with postgraduate research. Our Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre is home to PhD and Research Master’s opportunities exploring a range of conservation-related fields, from ecosystem services to environmental assessment.

Explore our Doctoral School to learn more about research training, support and opportunities.

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 looking to develop additional skills in wildlife conservation.

It also suitable for applicants with relevant professional experience who may want to formalise knowledge and skills with a postgraduate award, or use it to facilitate career progression.


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, however we do accept a range of equivalent qualifications. 

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

You will need a relevant undergraduate degree from a subject such as biological sciences, anthropology, veterinary science, and with a minimum 2:2 (lower second class) classification award.

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).


For more information or enquires about this scheme, please contact: 

Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

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
Full-time home 2022/23 £9,360per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15300per year
Part-time 2022/23 £1,560 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 food and refreshments.

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022