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Master of International Nature Conservation

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


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Effective conservation is a global challenge, and must be implemented with global perspectives. This Master’s from Lincoln University prepares you for an international career in conservation with a unique opportunity to study at two internationally recognised universities, with differing but complementary approaches.

Conservation is an international effort, applied in focused contexts. An essential part is the ability to review, adapt then re-apply innovations that work in one part of the world to another. Studying at both Lincoln and the University of Göttingen in Germany will expand your understanding by nurturing your appreciation of conservation and conservation approaches, their different issues and dynamics across two different contrasting hemispheres.

Lincoln University

New Zealand is a world biodiversity hotspot. Our conservation focus is mainly endangered species in natural areas. However urban and agricultural landscapes are increasingly relevant in how they in harbour (or jeopardise) species. Lincoln has a particularly strong focus on the practical aspects of ecology and conservation.

University of Göttingen

Conditions in Germany contrast with New Zealand, in that focus is on highly modified landscapes with a strong cultural element, alongside conservation networks that operate at continental level. Conservation biology and understanding of ecological systems are the basis of both research and teaching.

How you’ll grow

  • By tailoring your coursework, practical experience and research topics to fit your interests via the flexible structure of the programme.
  • Through undertaking study modules looking at wildlife assessment, species extinctions, conservation strategies and monitoring programmes.
  • Earning a joint degree from Lincoln University and the University of Göttingen.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Master of International Nature Conservation, you’re positioned well for a career in local or globally-focused conservation and species protection. Plus you’ll have a credible international edge to your study and how you can apply your skills.

Entry criteria

  • A relevant New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent with a B average or better in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses
  • Preferred academic degree in technical or natural sciences, environmentally oriented business, economics or related sciences.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement)

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