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MPhil in Conservation Leadership


The MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership is a full-time, 11-month, masters course, aimed at graduates of leadership potential with at least three to five years of relevant experience. The unique features of this course are its delivery by a partnership between several university departments and conservation organizations 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 course is based in the University of Cambridge's Department of Geography, which is working in collaboration with partners in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) to deliver the course. CCI was created in 2007 by eight internationally renowned conservation organisations and the University of Cambridge. All are members of the larger network of organizations in the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF).

The Director of Conservation Leadership is Nigel Leader-Williams, based in the Department of Geography. The Lecturer in Conservation Leadership is Chris Sandbrook, based at the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). The Programme Administrator for Conservation Leadership is Emily Chenery, based in the Department of Geography.

Student views on the impact of the course

Latest news

Masters in Conservation Leadership student wins prestigious prize for best talk at Student Conference in Conservation Science: 28th March 2014

We are delighted to announce that Maria Nube Szephegyi, a Uruguayan student who is a member of the current cohort of Masters in Conservation Leadership students, has won First Prize for the best talk at the 2014 Student Conference in Conservation Science in Cambridge. Maria's talk described how she combined years of good science with committed leadership to improve understanding and conservation of the Franciscana dolphin. Well done Maria!

Maria receiving her prize

Maria Nube Szephegyi receiving her prize from Professor Lu Zhi of Peking University, China. (Photo credit Yangchen Lin)

Chris Sandbrook appears on the BBC Radio 4 Shared Planet series: 16th January 2014

Chris Sandbrook, the Lecturer in Conservation Leadership, was interviewed as part of a programme about community conservation in the BBC Radio 4 Shared Planet series, first broadcast on Tuesday 14th January. You can listen to the interview, which starts about 18 minutes into the episode.

Issue two of the Conservation Leadership Alumni Network (CLAN) Newsletter is now published: 27th July 2013

We are delighted to announce the publication of Issue 2 of our alumni magazine. In it, you can read about developments with the course and the progress of our alumni.

A new paper from a Conservation Leadership graduate: 23rd July 2013

Congratulations to Godfrey Mtare, from the class of 2011-12, for the publication of a paper in Conservation Biology. The paper identifies insights for integrated conservation from attitudes of people towards protected areas near Godfrey's beloved Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The full paper is available online.

Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) MAVA Foundation Arcadia logo

The University of Cambridge is grateful for the generous support of the MAVA Foundation in establishing this MPhil in Conservation Leadership. The Miriam Rothschild Scholarship Programme in Conservation Leadership is generously supported by Arcadia.

Read more about the University's programme of giving, including to support scholars in Conservation Leadership, in The Philanthropist