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Graduate Admissions

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 sections: (i) coursework modules; and (ii) a professional placement.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the 11 months, students taking the MPhil in Conservation Leadership will be expected to have:

  • Applied leadership and management skills, including strategic planning, finance and accounting, leading and inspiring people, entrepreneurship and the management of change;
  • Communication skills required by conservation leaders, including oral presentation skills, face to face networking and advocacy skills and broadcast media interview skills;
  • Familiarity with various theories of leadership relevant to conservation, and the ability to critically analyse their strengths and weaknesses;
  • Familiarity with debates across the social and natural sciences concerning the root causes of ecosystem change and biodiversity decline and alternative proposals for addressing these causes;
  • Familiarity with the structure and function of contemporary conservation and alternative conservation tools and approaches, and the ability to critically analyse their strengths and weaknesses;
  • The ability to apply theoretical insights to create practical solutions to specific conservation problems in a real world context;
  • The ability to distinguish between different scientific perspectives that inform policy debates, and to exercise judgement in interpretation of conflicting evidence;
  • The ability to synthesise information from across a range of academic disciplines, and to summarise this in a manner that is accessible to different audiences;
  • The ability to manage time and work to deadlines, both individually and in a team;
  • The ability to plan, execute and manage a project, both individually and in a team.

 


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% 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.

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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:

Michaelmas 2019

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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