Delivered in conjunction with the internationally-renowned Durrell Conservation Academy, this postgraduate degree provides you with an international outlook on species recovery. You'll help meet the global need for academically proficient and technically expert individuals, who can bridge the gap between in-situ and ex-situ approaches to conservation.
Why choose this course?
- This course achieved the Highly Commended Award from the Prospects Postgraduate Awards in 2014.
- You can undertake an international research project using NTU's links with national and international conservation projects.
- Part of your study will take place at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation (DWCT) International Training Centre in Jersey, where specialist components of the Captive Breeding and Husbandry and Conservation Genetics modules are delivered.
- Brackenhurst campus offers 200 hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience.
- Members of the course team have research links with international organisations, specifically the Course Leader, holding an ongoing adjunct professor position with California State University.
- You will enjoy a new, 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library.
The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences has invested heavily in facilities and research programmes that support wildlife conservation sciences. Our modern Animal Unit and varying habitats on campus support a strong community of undergraduate and postgraduate students on Animal Sciences, Zoo Biology and Wildlife Conservation courses.
Brackenhurst campus is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme that supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates. Over the years a number of endangered species have been involved in recovery programmes at Brackenhurst including Yellowhammers and Great Crested Newts.
How you're taught
You'll be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, online learning, and practical sessions.
Independent learning is required, and you'll undertake high-quality research for the Masters awards. You'll research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project, before communicating the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report.
Teaching is supported by our Brackenhurst campus - a 200-hectare country estate and working farm. The campus is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme, which supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates. Over the years, a number of rare and endangered species of wildlife have been involved in recovery programmes at Brackenhurst, including yellowhammers and great crested newts.
You will have access to our purpose-built Animal Unit which is home to over 150 animals, from 40 different species. You'll have the opportunity to work with the domestic and exotic species found here, as well as out in the natural habitats on the estate, and further afield on international research projects. You'll also have access to specialised teaching and laboratory facilities.
The academic team who facilitate this course work on endangered species recovery initiatives in several countries, and have established recovery research links in Canada and America, where species recovery is a recognised process supported by government legislation. The team also have links to species recovery programmes in Mauritius, Sweden and South Africa. These links provide opportunities and scope for a wide range of research projects in the field.
Field trip - The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT) was founded by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell over 40 years ago with the mission to save species from extinction. Species that have been recovered include the Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, echo parakeet and Mallorcan midwife toad. Staff from DWCT work in threatened habitats around the world to protect and conserve many endangered species. With its international headquarters in Jersey, the Trust has built up a worldwide reputation for its pioneering conservation techniques. Today, Durrell continues to develop its overseas work in new areas of the world, with a particular focus on vulnerable communities of endemic animals which make such a valuable contribution to global biodiversity.
Students on the course will undertake a field-trip to the DWCT International Training Centre where material supporting the Captive Breeding and Husbandry, and Conservation Genetics modules will be delivered. In addition, the opportunity may exist during this period for students to explore links for conducting their dissertation project with DWCT staff members.
Careers and employability
This course has been designed to enhance employment or research opportunities for graduates from Biology, Conservation, Animal Science degrees.
To enhance your employment prospects NTU has links with organisations including:
- California State University, Stanislaus, Endangered Species Recovery Program, California, USA, Bakersfield, California, USA
- California State University, Bakersfield, California, USA
- California Living Museum (Zoo), Bakersfield, California, USA
- California Department of Fish and Game, California, USA
- Center for Land Management, California, USA
- Institute for Wildlife Studies, California, USA
- Bakersfield College, California, USA
- Mauritius Wildlife Foundation
- Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (Paignton Zoo, Living Coats & Newquay Zoo)
- Chester Zoo
- Edinburgh Zoo
- Twycross Zoo
- Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo
- Blackfeet Indian Reservation Restoration Project, Dept of Fish, Game & Wildlife, Montana, USA
- Glovers Reef Marine Reserve, Belize
- IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group
- IUCN Canid Specialist Group
- IUCN hyaena specialist group
- Northwest Parks and Tourism Board, South Africa
- University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Mammal Research Institute, Poland
- Earthwatch Institute
The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences is located at the University's Brackenhurst campus, an idyllic 200-hectare estate in a rural setting approximately 14 miles from Nottingham. It is close to the picturesque minster town of Southwell and has good public transport and road links with Nottingham.
The campus is an ideal study location with bespoke scientific facilities, teaching resources and accommodation. There is a modern Animal Unit which houses over 200 animals representing over 60 different species. The collection consists mainly of domesticated and exotic species, in settings that are as naturalistic as possible. There are specialist teaching rooms within the Animal Unit which contain various research equipment and essential resources to enhance the learning experience. On campus there are also veterinary and equestrian facilities, a working farm including arable and protected crop production, 200 breeding ewes, a poultry unit, and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle.
We have invested over £20 million in our facilities at the Brackenhurst campus over the last few years. Our beautiful 200-hectare estate acts as an outdoor classroom for fieldwork and research. The estate is home to a diverse range of species including kestrels, yellowhammers, hedgehogs, badgers, and great crested newts.
- Home to around 1,300 students and approximately 14 miles from the city centre.
- A beautiful countryside estate with woodland, a lake and landscape gardens.
- Buses every 15-20 minutes throughout the day heading from the campus straight into the heart of the city, giving you the best of both worlds.
- Access to an animal unit housing over 200 animals and representing over 60 different species.
- Veterinary and equestrian facilities.
- A 200 hectare working farm.
- Latest facilities including our high-tech glasshouse.
- New library.