MSc in Conservation Science


This unique one year full-time MSc course will give you the skills required for success in the highly competitive field of international conservation. The key features are:
The course is taught by a partnership including one of the world's leading scientific universities, Imperial College London, and three of the highest profile international conservation practitioner organisations in the UK - the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Institute of Zoology at the Zoological Society of London, and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, each bringing their own expertise and perspectives to the course.

Based at Imperial College, Silwood Park campus, you will also be immersed in the ongoing conservation work of the partner organisations, and will be able to choose six month research project titles linked to their conservation programmes, ensuring that your project contributes to real-world conservation. 

The course has a particular focus on:

Interactive learning, so that you learn actively as a group, and focus on current issues and research.

  • Developing the skills needed to make it as a conservation professional; writing proposals, managing projects, facilitating stakeholder engagement, presenting posters and talks at scientific forums.
  • A strong quantitative basis for conservation work, including decision theory, conservation planning, statistical computing and modelling.
  • Learning to collect, analyse and use both socio-economic and biological information, to give a truly interdisciplinary understanding of the theory and practice of conservation.
  • Not just an ability to analyse conservation issues, but how to put this understanding into action.
  • implementing successful conservation projects.

The course is suitable for:

  • Conservation professionals wishing to update their skills.
  • Professionals in other fields wishing to enter conservation.
  • Recent graduates who want to make their career in conservation.
  • Those interested in carrying on to do further academic research.
  • Those wishing to improve their field or analytical skills and work with leading  conservation professionals before deciding where to put these skills to use.

We don't ask for specific academic qualifications in particular subjects, beyond Imperial College's minimum academic standards for an MSc - instead we are looking for highly motivated and committed people who can show either substantial field experience in a relevant area or evidence of academic ability (or both).

Additional information

Course Directors

  • Dr Andrew Knight and Dr Morena Mills, Imperial College London 
  • Dr Colin Clubbe, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Dr Tim Wright, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Dr Marcus Rowcliffe, Institute of Zoology

Further information and applications

Application forms are available from:

The Admissions Office
Imperial College London
South Kensington campus
London SW7 2AZ
Application forms and guidelines are also available online.

For further information on application requirements, please contact:

The Director of Postgraduate Studies
Imperial College London
Faculty of Life Sciences
South Kensington campus

Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 2251

For further information on the course, please contact:

Dr Andrew Knight