MPhil in Conservation Leadership

The MPhil in Conservation Leadership has taught 158 students from over 75 countries and has become a flagship teaching programme.

As part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s strategic vision for addressing global environmental challenges, the University of Cambridge and its partners have developed a unique interdisciplinary Masters in Conservation Leadership Programme.

The Cambridge Masters in Conservation Leadership welcomed its first students in October 2010. The outcomes of the course are twofold:

  • To equip conservation leaders with the strategic skills that they need to enable effective action by their organisations
  • To build a networked global community of conservation leaders who will be a force for change

Hosted by the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, and taught in the David Attenborough Building, the course involves teaching and lectures by colleagues from six departments across the University and from nine Cambridge-based conservation organisations and networks. The course combines taught modules with hands-on experiential learning through a group consultancy and an individual professional placement hosted by a conservation organisation.

Graduates join a global alumni network who receive ongoing support from the course team. Alumni are already making a global impact for conservation.

A generous gift from the MAVA Fondation pour la Protection de la Nature has allowed the establishment of a fund to support the Masters in Conservation Leadership over a period of 11 years.

A further generous gift from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, has allowed the establishment of the Miriam Rothschild Scholarship Programme in Conservation Leadership, which has the aim of supporting students from developing countries rich in biodiversity to follow the course.

For further information visit the course website