Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
The Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course at the University of Leeds is designed to prepare you for a career in conservation, or for further research at PhD level. If you’re already an established conservation professional, our modules provide additional skills to support you to progress in your employment.


Distinct from similar courses offered in the UK, the course concentrates on the biological principles underlying biodiversity, its assessment and management. You’ll learn to identify plants and animals, explore the institutional framework underlying biodiversity and conservation and gain key analytical and practical skills for a range of academic and professional careers. You’ll also gain valuable experience in biodiversity and conservation-related research.

The University of Leeds has twice been recognised by the European Union as a "centre of excellence" for biodiversity and conservation training. We believe biodiversity can only be managed and conserved when it can be measured and interpreted properly.

The Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course is offered by the University of Leeds.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to a very varied range of biodiversity and conservation jobs and careers around the world. We know that the subject knowledge and training we provide is excellent, but we are also trying to produce well-rounded graduates who have the skills, experience and confidence to succeed in a challenging job market.

The course has strong links with Natural England, which provides staff to teach on certain modules. We also have strong ties with commercial ecological consultancies locally and nationally, providing students for us to train as well as recruiting graduates.

Programme Structure

The programme offers a wide range of options, allowing for personalised courses of study that lay the groundwork for further academic research or professional development in the field.

You’ll study core skills modules that provide practical training and exercises in a diverse range of transferable skills applicable to ecological research. These include a residential weekend at Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre in the Yorkshire Dales, fieldwork first aid and risk assessment, public understanding of science, preparing a grant application, biodiversity sampling in Yorkshire and freshwater invertebrate surveys.

The research component is one of the most important and potentially fulfilling parts of the degree. Projects cover a wide range of topics and usually include around six to eight weeks of practical work. A significant number of students are based overseas for their project.

If you study part-time, the programme will last for two years and you’ll study around half of the total number of modules each year.

Learning and teaching

We provide the very best learning resources and academic support and our teaching draws on the University’s world-class research base and highly-qualified professionals from industry, non-governmental organisations and charities.

You’ll experience wide range of teaching methods including formal lectures, interactive workshops, problem-solving, practical classes and demonstrations.

Through your research project and biodiversity and conservation modules, you’ll receive substantial subject-specific training. Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop you into a professional who is able to think independently, solve problems, communicate effectively and demonstrate a high level of practical ability.

We see great value in the skills development opportunities offered by practical field courses, from both an academic and careers perspective. The field courses, along with the research project, are one of the highlights of the programme for many students. We offer two optional field courses as part of the Biodiversity - and Conservation programme.- the Mediterranean Ecology Field Course and African Ecology Field Course. If you are keen to study the African field course option, apply directly to Biodiversity and Conservation MSc - With African Field Course. If you do not apply in advance, it may be possible to choose this option later. There is an extra cost for the African Ecology Field Course – read Additional costs.

We use a variety of assessment methods: practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject.
  • We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information please contact the Faculty of Biological Sciences Taught Postgraduate Admissions Team.
How to apply
Documents and information you’ll need
  • completed online application form (for Taught Postgraduate Study)
  • completed supporting statement
  • full CV
  • transcript of degree examination marks achieved to date
  • copy of final degree certificate (if completed)
  • two academic references
  • evidence of English language qualification (non-native English speakers only)
  • copy of passport (if you’re an overseas student).

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