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MPhil in Conservation Leadership

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The MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership is a full-time, 11-month, masters course, aimed at graduates of leadership potential with at least three 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 leadership and management. 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, a large network of organisations in the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) and the University of Cambridge. In 2016 a 'conservation campus' for the CCI organisations was opened in the refurbished David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge. The Masters in Conservation Leadership has a dedicated teaching room within the building, offering our students constant access to world leading conservation practitioners and researchers.

The core Conservation Leadership team is based in the David Attenborough Building. It comprises Chris Sandbrook (Director of the Masters in Conservation Leadership), Howard Nelson (Lecturer), Olga Plocienniczak (Programme Administrator) and Shelley Bolderson (Alumni and Communications Coordinator)  .

Student views on the impact of the course

Reflections on the Masters in Conservation Leadership from 2011 alumnus Bruno Monteferri

Conservation stories from the 2015-16 cohort of the Masters in Conservation Leadership

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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