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Master's Program - Academics

We aim to become an internationally recognized M. Sc. program dedicated to training competent and capable biologists and conservation leaders in Mozambique. Our students acquire comprehensive knowledge of conservation science, which allows them to become successful researchers and managers of the country’s biological resources. We strive to impart dedication to conservation and sustainable development and teach our students to approach to conservation from a proactive, ethical perspective. 

 
If you are a Mozambican student with an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences, a love of fieldwork, and a passion for conservation, consider the Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program. An international faculty of professors will introduce you to the latest conservation science and support you in the classroom, field, and in the development of your own thesis research. The master’s program runs for two years and is divided between course work and research and thesis writing. Your tenure as a master’s student will culminate with a public and private academic defense of your thesis work.
 
Because our courses are taught by invited faculty from institutions around the work, they run as short-term, intensive modules. Be prepared for an academic challenge as you stretch to learn new material, manage a demanding schedule, and generate high quality work.You will take 66 credits (30 hours of study per credit) of required courses and a minimum of 24 credits of optional courses.  The remaining 30 credits of the program are based on independent thesis research and writing.
 
List of courses commonly offered in the master’s program 
Required
Research and thesis I
Statistics and research design
Techniques in molecular biology
Plant biology and ecology
Introduction to conservation biology
GIS
Science communication
Integrated methods in conservation biology
Evolution
Bioinformatics
Politics of conservation and governance
Research and thesis II
 
Optional 
Bird Ecology and Conservation 
Mammal ecology and conservation
Culture, land-use, and the environment
Conservation genetics
Perspectives and methods in conservation social science research
Entomology:  Insect biodiversity, ecology, and conservation of African ecosystems
Ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles
Conflict and Conservation
Economics of natural resources
Conservation, ecotourism, and rural development
Applied pollination biology