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Conservation Leadership is no longer accepting new applications.

One of the best things about the M.Phil in Conservation Leadership is that it is multi-disciplinary, recognising that conservation is not only about science, but is cross-sectoral, needing an understanding of various disciplines--economics, politics, communications, culture, arts.  The breadth of subjects and lectures is extraordinary. It exposes you to various viewpoints on conservation, encourages you to think, debate. It gives you freedom to develop your ideas and research while being supportive. The learning and the exposure help you gain confidence, empowers you to lead.  You meet practitioners working in different geographies within your cohort, and the wider community at the David Attenborough Building where the course is housed. I find it is professionally designed and executed, but it has heart, very much the way the world of conservation does."

Prerna Bindra (April 2019)

The MPhil in Conservation leadership surpassed my expectations! The diversity of students within the course with different backgrounds and expertise that one can always leverage from is one of the best characteristics of the course. I have been able to create lifetime networks, through interacting with students and experts within the 'David Attenborough' building where the teaching room is located. Classes are given by world-renowned conservationists and experts from international NGOs and leaders within the field from around the globe. The course has developed my confidence, critical and independent thinking, and I have gained in-depth knowledge on the various facets of conservation, including but not limited to science, policy, communication and financial management for leaders. Independence in individuals that is instilled by the course, arms one to be a self-starter in leading change towards biodiversity conservation.  It goes without saying that I highly recommend this course.

Nobesuthu Ngwenya (April 2019)

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11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Geography

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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