Postgraduate Diploma in Endangered Species Conservation Management

The postgraduate Diploma in Endangered Species Conservation Management course, lasting six intensive months, provides you with field experience, theory and human resource management needed to lead conservation projects. It is a unique opportunity to learn directly from two of the world’s leading conservation organisations. It comprises around six weeks’ intensive taught modules, and approximately 10 weeks practical experience in field projects based in Mauritius and on offshore islands. The programme is delivered by Durrell Conservation Academy, headquartered in Jersey, and Durrell Conservation Training Ltd a not-for-profit training organisation based in Mauritius (part of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust) in association with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The programme is validated and quality assured by Middlesex University, and participants will receive a Middlesex University award upon successful completion.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Durrell)

Established by naturalist Gerald Durrell in 1963, Durrell has a proven track record of saving species from extinction, and nearly 40 years’ experience of delivering conservation training. Durrell operates around the world, restoring highly threatened species and their habitats, through a range of integrated approaches such as hands-on population management, habitat restoration, research, community conservation, training and capacity building and government partnerships. Durrell has been working in Mauritius since the late 1970’s, and works closely with its partner organisation, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF)

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) is a nongovernmental, non-profit conservation agency working in Mauritius to save threatened endemic local flora and fauna. It was established in 1984 under the initiative of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The conservation work in Mauritius began as a species orientated programme concentrating on a few critically endangered species, including the Mauritius kestrel and the pink pigeon. In 1996, the organisation expanded its operations to habitat restoration, including the management of native forests and small islands. The Foundation is now perfecting whole ecosystem management and restoration, which includes invasive plant and predator control. It also has captive breeding programmes for animals, and endemic plant nurseries.

Middlesex University

For nearly 140 years Middlesex University London and its predecessor institutions have been home to innovators and change-makers. It boasts one of the most diverse communities of students and staff of any university in the UK, with almost 19,400 students and 1,900 staff from 145 different countries at its modern north London campus in Hendon. In 2010, Middlesex University became the first British university to open a campus in Mauritius.

Who is it for?

The course is tailored to graduates keen to complement their skill-set and CV and to gain practical experience and applied knowledge needed to be effective conservation professionals and lead their own species recovery projects. It also supports mature participants seeking to move into the wildlife conservation sector and those who have not received postgraduate level training in the field.

PGDip Mauritius 2018 Course Info

How to Apply

The course fee is £7,100 (including accommodation and all utility bills).

Closing date for applications  31 january 2018.

For further information or to book a place:

Please contact  +44 (0)1534 860037 or email

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Key Information

Start date:

28th March 2018 at 9:00am


Durrell Conservation Academy


Full Time




Biology, Ecology, Nature & Wildlife


Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

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