Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course

University of Leeds

12 months
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This distinctive Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course at University of Leeds  concentrates on the biological principles underlying biodiversity, its assessment and management. 


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. Our leading researchers are making an impact through their dedicated research within the field of Ecology and Conservation. Your learning will be heavily influenced by their world-class research, which drives national and international policy agendas around environmental change and global sustainability

You’ll learn to identify plants and animals, understand the ecological factors underlying biodiversity and conservation and gain key analytical and practical skills for a range of academic and professional careers.

You’ll also undertake the African field course is based at Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia, Kenya. You’ll gain a first-hand appreciation of the ecology and conservation concerns of an African savannah community, both for the wildlife and the people who live in the area. As well as learning about the local environment, flora and fauna, you’ll spend most of the time designing and carrying out group research projects.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course at University of Leeds 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’re also trying to produce well-rounded graduates who have the skills, experience and confidence to succeed in a challenging job market.

All of the following organisations have recruited employees from our biodiversity and conservation Masters:

  • ARKive
  • Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Chester Zoo
  • Natural England
  • Exmoor National Park
  • Forestry Commission
  • Frontier
  • IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)
  • Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, Florida
  • The Environment Agency
  • The National Trust

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation Skills
  • African Field Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation MSc and MRes Summer Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject.
  • Completed online application form (for Taught Postgraduate Study)
  • Full CV
  • Transcript of degree examination marks achieved to date
  • Copy of final degree certificate 
  • Copy of passport (if you’re an overseas student)
  • Completed supporting statement
  • Evidence of English language qualification

Tuition Fee

Please visit our course page to view our fees for this course.


If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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