MSc/MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

How to apply

Applications are made through the University of Oxford's admissions website:

Any questions?

For more info on the course, please contact our course co-ordinator or graduate.enquiries@geog.ox.ac.uk

To respond to the challenges of conservation in the Anthropocence, there is a need for researchers and practitioners trained in the biological, social and political dimensions of conservation and with the ability to think flexibly and innovatively at the intersection of theory, policy and action.

The MSc/MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management (BCM) is one of the leading multi-disciplinary conservation post-graduate degrees, exploring the dynamic landscape of environmental, scientific, social, technological and economic drivers of conservation. Through study of case-studies and using a forward-thinking approach, students will be equipped with the conceptual knowledge to think critically about past, present and future biodiversity conservation and management.

This MSc has graduated over 500 students since its' creation in 2003. Our network of alumni is active throughout the world: graduates of the programme are enjoying careers in research, policy, management and activism in the public, private and third sectors.

About the course

BCM aims to provide students with a critical understanding of conservation and biodiversity science and practice, including the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which policy and management decisions are made. Our one-year full-time MSc course develops knowledge and critical understanding of conservation and biodiversity science and practice, and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which policy and management decisions are made.

The course can be studied as a one year, full-time MSc or a two year, full-time MPhil. The MPhil course features an extended 15 month research project and has the potential to be converted to a doctorate (DPhil) via the 2+2 route.

Find out more about the structure of this course, core and elective modules, field trips and our teaching staff.

Who should apply, and why

Candidates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply provided that they can demonstrate academic excellence and a passion for the social, economic and political challenges posed by contemporary environmental change.

Find out more about who should apply for this course, fees and funding, how to choose a college and frequently asked questions.

Info for current students

Course information, timetables, and teaching materials for current students are provided through the Canvas VLE and on our Intranet.

Please also see the main University of Oxford Student's website for more information for current students.


Please note: The actual course content may vary from the information provided online and should therefore be taken to be indicative rather than tightly prescriptive.

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How to apply

Applications are made through the University of Oxford's admissions website:

Any questions?

For more info on the course, please contact our course co-ordinator or graduate.enquiries@geog.ox.ac.uk