12 months
24690 GBP/year
13000 GBP/year
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With climate change challenging our conservation efforts, now is the time to play a role in the future of conservation by studying the Wildlife Conservation MRes course offered by the University of Southampton. We’re the only university in the UK offering a Masters of Research in close collaboration with a conservation organisation.


Course Details

Studying this Wildlife Conservation MRes course offered by the University of Southampton gives you the opportunity to complete a research project in a real and very critical cause; conserving wildlife and their supporting ecosystems. Our wildlife degree in research is designed to give you the professional and research skills to either study a PhD or become a conservation biologist. 

During your studies, you’ll be based at the Science and Learning Centre at Marwell Wildlife where you’ll be considered part of the team. You’ll learn the foundations in advanced field research with access to their top of the range research equipment.  

You’ll be able to apply your research skills to immediate use during a 10-day trip to Kenya, which is covered as part of the course fees. You’ll collect data and report your findings to stakeholders giving you real-life work experience of a conservation biologist working in Africa.  

As part of this course you'll be given a choice of independent research projects to complete. This could take you from the local eco-systems in the UK, to the ranches of Kenya, or the mountains of Tunisia.The selection changes every year.

Students previous projects have looked at the following subjects: 

  • conservation grazing and its effect on local biodiversity 
  • re-introducing species, considering the effect of climate change 
  • evolution of species behaviour whilst in captivity 
  • management of large herbivores, considering socio-economic constraints 

Our teaching staff are experts and the learning environment is open and inclusive, with a focus on self-reflection. This enables you to measure your own personal growth as a researcher during this transformational point in your wildlife conservation career.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates from this course go on to become conservation biologists or PhD students. The emphasis on professional skills and exposure to real-life research projects in the UK and Africa will increase your chances of employment after the course.
  • A number of students go on to complete a PhD. You'll experience what it's like to work within a team of conservation biologists and you'll develop a clear understanding of what's required to complete an intensive and focused research project.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Wildlife Conservation: Disciplines and Principles
  • Fieldwork- Before, During and After 
  • Techniques in monitoring and surveying 
  • Advanced Quantitative methods
  • Wildlife Conservation research project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2:1 degree In a relevant subject, such as Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography or Zoology.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24690 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £24,690.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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