Recanati-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice (PgDip) at University of Oxford

University of Oxford
Diploma (PgDip)

7-8 months
Full time

Course description:

The Recanati-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice at the University of Oxford is a 7 to 8 months, full-time course for early-career wildlife researchers, that runs from March to September each year. The course 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 and aims to help ecologists and field biologists in the developing world to implement effective conservation research and action.

The focus of the course is on methods commonly used in the study of large mammals, and especially carnivores, in the developing world. The curriculum consists of modules on wildlife ecology, monitoring and survey techniques, GIS and habitat assessment, population management and statistics, as well as 2 reports which together complete an independent research project. The independent research project concentrates on the organisation, analysis and reporting of previously collected data that you bring with you or is provided by WildCRU researchers. You will learn both the theory and practical aspects of field techniques, so that you can confidently adopt them in the future, as well as critically evaluate other projects.


Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at University of Oxford

Entry Requirements:

Suitable candidates are early-career field conservationists, working with government agencies or NGOs, who will implement and disseminate their skills to their home countries. This course is not suitable for individuals who are not currently working in an ecology or conservation research role. Up to 8 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.

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the UK qualifications of 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. Applicants are required to have considerable first-hand experience of field work and conservation issues in the developing world. Applicants who are studying for, or already possess, a doctorate in the natural sciences, would not be considered priority candidates. Applicants are not expected to have scientific publications, but if they do, these would be taken into consideration during the evaluation of applications.

Those whose degrees are not from the UK are to refer to the official website (link found below) for guidance on equivalent International Qualifications.

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.

This course requires proficiency in English at the University’s standard level for those whose first language is not English. See the official website for details of standard level English requirements.


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