18 May

Application Period Open – Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice by WildCRU of Oxford University


We are excited to announce that the 2012 application period is now open for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, delivered by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) of the University of Oxford.

WildCRU was founded in 1986 by Professor David MacDonald, and since mid-2007 Panthera and WildCRU have partnered to offer the world’s leading university center designed specifically for research in wild felid conservation.

The International Wildlife Conservation Practice diploma course focuses on equipping students with the practical skills and theoretical understanding required to contribute effectively to conservation research and action in the developing world.  The course is designed for individuals already actively working within the conservation field, and also for recent graduates who have gained field experience before or during their first degree. 

A degree in an appropriate natural science is required, but in exceptional cases candidates with demonstrated equivalent experience in field-based conservation and aptitude for postgraduate level studies may be accepted.  Applications are particularly welcomed from early-career field conservationists from developing nations, for whom sponsorship is possible. Candidates without field conservation experience interested in a career change will not be considered as priority candidates.

Preceded by one month of distance learning, this full-time residential course runs each year from March to September.  Interactive learning is a key philosophy of the WildCRU diploma course, and as such, class sizes are kept small, typically consisting of 6-10 students.  Since its creation four years ago, WildCRU has graduated 26 students from 18 countries. Over 75% of these individuals now work with wild felids in some capacity.  

The application deadline for the 2012 course is June 17, 2011.

Visit the WildCRU diploma website for more information on the course, including details about the curriculum and how to apply.

Contact WildCRU’s course coordinator, Dr. Christos Astaras, at wildcru.diploma@zoo.ox.ac.uk if you have difficulties accessing the website.

For more information please visit www.wildcru.org

More on WildCRU

Founded in 1986 by Professor David MacDonald, Oxford’s first Professor of Wildlife Conservation, the mission of WildCRU is to achieve practical solutions to wildlife conservation problems through original scientific research of the highest caliber.  WildCRU trains committed conservation scientists to conduct research, and put scientific knowledge into practice.

Existing within the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, WildCRU was the first university-based conservation research unit established in Europe, and with over 50 researchers, it has grown to be one of the largest and most productive conservation research institutes in the world.  WildCRU has had a longstanding specialization in wild carnivore research, which has led its partnerships with Panthera. 

The WildCRU course is made possible through a significant donation from Panthera’s Founder and Chairman, Dr Thomas Kaplan, and his wife, Daphne Recanati Kaplan, and support from the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education (DCE).