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MPhil in Conservation Leadership

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11 months

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MPhil - Master of Philosophy

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Course Summary

The MPhil in Conservation Leadership is a full-time, 11-month Master's course aimed at postgraduates of leadership potential with at least three years of relevant professional experience, either in employment or in a voluntary capacity. The unique features of this course are its delivery by a partnership between several university departments and conservation organisations based around Cambridge, and its focus on issues of management and leadership. Consequently, the course aims to deliver a world-class and interdisciplinary education in conservation leadership that is not available elsewhere.

The MPhil in Conservation Leadership aims to train students to address the challenges of biodiversity conservation in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner. The goal is not only to develop conservationists with greater awareness of the complex drivers of biodiversity loss, but to develop the ability to act and lead effectively. This includes the development of professional management and leadership skills including strategic planning, finance and accounting, managing people, innovation, entrepreneurship and the management of change. The course fosters and develops the leadership of its students by promoting their capacity to understand the links among the drivers of biodiversity loss, and to think creatively about conservation solutions across organisational and political boundaries and economic sectors, and by developing their confidence and maturity of judgement.

The course has two sections: (i) coursework modules; and (ii) a professional placement.


Placement report of not more than 10,000 words and oral examination.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree.