Master of International Nature Conservation

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

  • Qualification

    Research Master's

    Taught and Research Master's

  • Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

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.

Programme information

Programme Structure

You’ll complete two semesters of coursework split between Lincoln and Göttingen, with all courses taught in English.

There are 12 weeks of practical work experience, plus a research project / thesis (120 credits).

Practical work options can include an internship within New Zealand or overseas with an internationally-based conservation organisation.

Lincoln University

20 credits chosen with the approval of the Academic Board from the Schedule of Master’s Degree Courses

University of Göttingen

A minimum of 60 credits (30 ECTS) as approved by the Academic Co-ordinator. 


A course advisor can assist you to select your courses and plan your degree.


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Nick Dickinson

Professor Nicholas Dickinson


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