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.
Why this programme
- 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 Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative 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.
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 IBAHCM.
The taught programme is followed by a research project on a relevant topic selected by the student in consultation with staff at the Institute 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 based at NM‑AIST as part of the Karimjee Conservation Scholarship programme.
Term 1: Core courses
Term 2: Core courses
Term 2: Optional courses
- SPATIAL ECOLOGY
- SINGLE SPECIES MODELS
- INFECTIOUS DISEASE ECOLOGY AND THE DYNAMICS OF EMERGING DISEASE
- MULTI SPECIES MODELS
- GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR ECOLOGISTS
- INTRODUCTION TO BAYESIAN STATISTICS
- MOLECULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PHYLODYNAMICS
- BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS
- CONSERVATION GENETICS
- ANIMAL ETHICS
- INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION
- VERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION
- ANIMAL LEGISLATION AND SOCIETAL ISSUES
- CARE & ENRICHMENT OF CAPTIVE ANIMALS
- BIOLOGY OF SUFFERING
- ANIMAL WELFARE ASSESSMENT
- ECONOMIC TOOLS FOR CONSERVATION
- SOCIETAL ASPECTS OF AMR
- GENETIC AND GENOMIC ASPECTS OF ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
Term 3: Core MSc component
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.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2021-22
- Full-time fee: £9000
International & EU
- Full-time fee: £23000
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.
Tuition fees for November 2020 start
- UK and EU full time fee: £8,500
- International full time fee: £21,920
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
- Registration/exam only fee: £170
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
The Martin Niemöller Scholarship (College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences)
The German Speaking Congregation in Glasgow are pleased to offer one scholarship award of £500 for students originating from German speaking countries. The scholarship will support those students in need of financial support at any stage of their degree programme.
All students awarded a Martin Niemöller Scholarship will be asked to submit a short letter of thanks to the Development and Alumni Office for onward transmissions to the donors of the award.
GREAT Scholarships China and Indonesia
This year, in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of Glasgow is offering scholarships to students in China and Indonesia applying for postgraduate courses in Arts and Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemistry and Geography and Social Sciences (excluding business management and related).
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The scholarship will be awarded for the fall/autumn semester of 2021 and is open to people from anywhere in the world who want to study a master's program that is helping you making the world more sustainable.
Please see Finduddannelse.dk Sustainability Scholarship for more details.
Our ideal candidate is a student that is planning on starting a master's degree that can help alleviate the impact of the climate change - whether it be within clean energy, biology, architecture, economics, business, health, agriculture, law, political science, journalism or any other relevant field.
PG International Excellence Award
The Award is available to international students entering any of the University’s Colleges and will be awarded as a tuition fee discount.
Postgraduate Talent Scholarships
The University of Glasgow awards Postgraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is £2,000 and they are for students undertaking a one or two year Taught Masters programme, in any of the University’s Colleges. For two year Taught Masters programmes, the scholarship is available in year one only.
University of Glasgow African Excellence Fee Waiver
For September 2020 and January 2021 entry we are offering 8 scholarships worth the full tuition fee of a one year Masters programme to academically excellent students from Africa.
Sir Fitzroy Maclean Postgraduate Scholarship
The University of Glasgow is pleased to award a Sir Fitzroy Maclean Postgraduate scholarship available to new students, from one of the eligible countries, for September 2020 entry.
Sir Fitzroy Maclean was a Scottish soldier, author and politician. Awarded an Honorary degree of DLitt from the University in 1969, Sir Fitzroy Maclean had a long relationship with the University before he died in 1996. This scholarship was established with respect to Sir Fitzroy’s interests and passions.
The Scholarship will be awarded as a tuition fee discount and stipend.
University of Glasgow International Leadership Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has 40 International Leadership Scholarships available to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline in September. 2020 or January 2021. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fees discount.
PGT Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a total of 28 PGT Excellence Awards available to UK and EU Students. Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University’s colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.
Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans
Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans are EU-guaranteed loans with favourable pay-back terms. They’re designed to help prospective students finance their Master’s courses in an Erasmus+ Programme country while leaving as little of a lasting economic footprint as possible.
The scheme is designed to provide postgraduate students with the means to pay their tuition and living expenses – thereby allowing individuals to focus on their degree instead of managing their bank balance. The programme aims to be as inclusive as possible, working under the following guidelines:
- No need for collateral from students or parents - ensuring equality of access
- Favourable, better-than-market interest rates
- Pay-back terms that allow graduates up to two years to find work before beginning repayment.
Please visit the Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans website for more information.
The Clan Gregor Society Prize
The Clan Gregor Society are offering an award to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who descend from Clan Gregor. Prospective students will be asked to submit an application highlighting areas of consideration such as academic excellence and financial need. The award is open to both Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.
Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans England only (PTFL)
If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs. You have to repay your Postgraduate Master’s Loan at the same time as any other student loans you have. You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.
If you’re studying by distance learning, you can also apply.
Examples of postgraduate master’s qualifications include:
- MSc (Master of Science)
- MA (Master of Arts)
- MPhil (Master of Philosophy)
- MRes (Master of Research)
- LLM (Master of Law)
- MLitt (Master of Letters)
- MFA (Master of Fine Art)
- MEd (Master of Education)
- MBA (Master of Business Administration)
If you plan to study for Master of Architecture (MArch) or an Integrated Master’s qualification, you should apply for undergraduate support
CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement
CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
Postgraduate Student Loan (NI)
If you are a Northern Irish student looking to study a taught Masters programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a University in Northern Ireland.
Northern Irish students are able to apply for non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, to help with the costs of funding.
For more information visit www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/types-of-finance/postgraduate .
* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes
In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2020/21. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside other University scholarships.
CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)
The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
Postgraduate Student Loan (Scotland and EU)
Eligible full-time and part-time students, undertaking an eligible postgraduate course, can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £5,500 towards their course.
Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply to us for a living-cost loan of up to £4,500.
Please see the Postgraduate funding guide.
For more information visit the SAAS website
Postgraduate Loans for Welsh Students
If you are a Welsh student looking to study a postgraduate programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a Welsh University.
* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes
Postgraduate Master's Finance
If you’re starting a full-time or part-time Postgraduate Master’s course (taught or research based) from 1 August 2019, you can apply for Postgraduate Master's Finance and receive up to £17,000 as a combination of grant and loan:
- a maximum grant of £6,885 and loan of £10,115 if your household income is £18,370 and below
- a grant of £1,000 and loan of £16,000 if your household income is not taken into account or is above £59,200.
For more information visit Student Finance Wales
Postgraduate Doctoral Loan
If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Doctoral course (such as a PhD) from 1 August 2019 you can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,700.
For more information visit Student Finance Wales
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
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)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
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 an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
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.
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 at NM-AIST, 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 April 2020 and short-listed candidates will be expected to attend an interview in Arusha in mid-May 2020. 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.
- Karimjee Conservation Scholarships (Tanzanian citizens only): 1 April 2020
- International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2020
- UK and EU applications: 25 August 2020
Classes start September 2020 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.Apply now
More information about this programme
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