Postgraduate taught 

Conservation Management of African Ecosystems MSc

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Due to unprecedented demand, applications for the September 2022 intake are now closed. Applications for the September 2023 intake will re-open from 1 October 2022.

A multidisciplinary programme aimed at students wishing to develop a career in conservation management in universities, government departments, parastatal conservation organisations, NGOs and other organisations. This training aims to support the development of national conservation research and policy that is knowledge-based and built on cutting-edge methods and analysis. The programme has the option of working closely with our African partners, in particular the Nelson Mandela African Institution for Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania.

  • MSc: 12 months full-time

Why this programme

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).Royal Society of Biology Accreditation logo
  • Gain insight into the principles of conservation management, biodiversity measurement, applied ecology, the human dimension of conservation 
  • Learn skills in the application of economic tools for conservation, conservation genetics and the epidemiology of diseases that threaten endangered species.
  • Develop competence in study design, data analysis, scientific writing and communication skills in a quantitative and scientific context to enable independent research and publication of high quality outputs, as well as communicating to a broader range of audiences (e.g. for government policy making and public outreach).
  • Experience training in a range of specialised skills, techniques, practices and analyses required for state-of-the-art research and management in conservation biology.
  • Opportunities exist for in-depth study of a specific conservation management issue through a research project involving critical evaluation of the literature, collection and/or analysis of  data, and interpretation of results in the context of conservation.
  • Wide range of experience, expertise and long-term cooperation with partners in northern Tanzania offering students the opportunity to benefit from well-established teaching and support at the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow, and combining that with research work in one of the major conservation areas of Tanzania.
  • Main Campus Location

    This programme is undertaken at the Gilmorehill Campus, in the West End of Glasgow. Easy to travel to by bus, subway, train or car.

Programme structure

This programme is part of the IPhD programme. Find out more.

The programme consists of five core courses which set a solid foundation in key research skills and spatial ecology in term 1.

The term 2 emphasis is on conservation management, including human dimensions of conservation, management of protected areas and conservation ecology.

There are a number of optional courses in term 2 which can be selected from a wide portfolio at the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine.

The taught programme is followed by a research project on a relevant topic selected by the student in consultation with staff at the School and will build on our strong links in Africa, in particular with Tanzania.

A total of 180 credits are required, with 30 flexible credits in the second term. 

See the accompanying detailed course descriptions found in the core and optional course links below.

Tanzanian students supported through Karimjee Conservation Scholarships (see below under ‘How to apply’) will undertake a second year of field-based training in Tanzania.

Term 1: Core courses                      

Term 2: Core courses                                   

Term 2: Optional courses                                           

Find out more about core and optional courses 

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The Conservation Management of African Ecosystems programme is a multidisciplinary programme aimed at students wishing to develop a career in:

  • Conservation management in universities
  • Government departments
  • Parastatal conservation organisations
  • NGOs and other organisations

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Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24

MSc

UK

  • Full-time fee: £10050

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £25980

Students should also ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover their living expenses. As a guide, stipend rates for students are currently estimated as £17,300 for 12 months.

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

In your application, you will need to submit your CV plus a 1000 word personal statement with the following:

  • why you want to apply
  • why your qualifications/experience to-date support your application
  • how the programme will help your career.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months, combined scores from 2 tests sat within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

The Karimjee Conservation Scholarship

The Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation offers three Karimjee Conservation Scholarships each year for Tanzanian nationals. The scholarship covers all fees and a living allowance (stipend) for studies while in Glasgow and for the additional year in Tanzania, including funds for an extended research project.

Tanzanian students who wish to be considered for this scholarship should apply to the programme in the normal way and include in their personal statement an explanation as to why they think they should be awarded the scholarship.

Please note that the closing date for consideration for the Scholarship is 1 December 2022 and short-listed candidates will be expected to attend an interview in Arusha or by Zoom in January or February 2023 (tbc). Interviews will be conducted in English.

Candidates’ attention is drawn to the English requirements (see above) and may wish to acquire proof of language proficiency prior to interview. Candidates who are provisionally offered a scholarship without such proof of language proficiency will need to acquire it immediately following the interviews, before acceptance on the programme can be confirmed.

Application deadlines

Due to unprecedented demand, applications for the September 2022 intake are now closed. Applications for the September 2023 intake will re-open from 1 October 2022.

More information about this programme