Postgraduate Diploma On Campus Online

International Wildlife Conservation Practice

University of Oxford

8 months
13340 GBP/full
13340 GBP/full
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The Recanati-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice at the University of Oxford is an eight-month, full-time course for early-career wildlife researchers.


About this course

The International Wildlife Conservation Practice course at the University of Oxford is designed to enhance the skills of conservation science practitioners by teaching field survey techniques, data analysis methods, and reporting techniques commonly used in the study of terrestrial mammals. The course aims to help ecologists and field biologists in the developing world to implement effective conservation research and action.

The course is delivered by the Department of Zoology’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), which has been active in conservation research and practice for more than three decades. The course is made possible by a donation from the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, and is jointly managed with the Department for Continuing Education.

Programme Structure

  • Within the eight-month course the first month will consist of mostly self-paced distance learning, then a three month phase which consists predominantly of taught material, while the remaining four months is a mix between taught material and independent work on projects.
  • Up to eight students are accepted each year and applications are particularly welcomed from conservationists working in economically less-developed parts of the world, for whom need-based scholarships are available. Suitable candidates are early-career field conservationists, working with government agencies or NGOs, who will implement and disseminate their skills to their home countries.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 8 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • The February start date is for distance learning.


120 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in a biology/natural resources-related field.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.
  • If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit our International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements.
  • In exceptional circumstances applicants without a degree qualification who have substantial, applicable and professional experience (minimum 5 years) in an ecology or conservation research role may also be considered. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13340 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13340 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.
  • National

    13340 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13340 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 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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