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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Conservation Leadership is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Conservation Leadership is a full-time, 11-month, master's course aimed at graduates of leadership potential with at least three to five 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 judgment.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • To foster and develop leadership skills including strategic planning, finance and accounting, managing people, innovation, entrepreneurship and the management of change;
  • To train students to address the challenges of biodiversity conservation in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue to a PhD in Geography or other cognate subject must reapply for admission to a PhD before the end of their MPhil. To be accepted they must satisfy a good pass level in all the assessed units of their MPhil and achieve 70 per cent overall, with particular attention given to the level of performance in their placement component.

However, readmission is not automatic to high-performing MPhil students. In addition a student must demonstrate suitability to undertake a PhD and make a full specification of their research proposal which allows the suitability of the topic to assessed. They must also have the agreement of a supervisor to supervise, based on the appropriateness of the PhD proposal to the expertise of the academic staff in the department.

Key Information


11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2017
Application deadline
Dec. 6, 2017
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2018

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 6, 2017
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2017

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