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Since 2009, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at University of Oxford has been running a postgraduate diploma in international wildlife conservation established specifically to provide training in applied conservation skills to promising conservationists from less-developed parts of the world, where such training may be difficult to obtain. Importantly, we have been able to sponsor most of our students each year (typical class size is 8 students – full or partial sponsorship).

The application period for the 2019 course is now open.

Some important points for applicants to keep in mind:

  • Duration: 7 month residential component (March-Sept. 2019) / preceded by a one month (Feb 2019) distance-learning module
  • Full-time / Students are enrolled as regular graduate University of Oxford students
  • Applicants need to have good English skills, sufficient for graduate level studies at Oxford (see IELTS/TOEFL score requirements here). English language evidence waivers can be issued to candidates who have studied for at least 9 months at University level in English (and have evidence to prove that). Finally, although we are willing to show some flexibility in English language requirements for some of the stronger applicants, the UK Boarder Agency requires a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for every student entering the UK (if they do not have a waiver). Importantly, applications without evidence of English language scores will be considered complete, but any offer would be conditional on the candidate meeting the language requirement.
  • Strong references are essential
  • Priority given to applicants who are involved in terrestrial mammal conservation, especially of large carnivores and/or in areas important for the conservation of these species.

The deadline for the 2019 course is Friday, June 15th 2018.

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