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


  • 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


  • 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


We aim to become an internationally recognized M. Sc. program dedicated to training competent and capable biologists and conservation leaders in Mozambique. Learn More. 


Thank you to all the applicants for the 2020-2022 cohort of the master’s program!  We received many great applications. We are currently closed for admissions. 


The Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology faculty consists of a talented, knowledgeable team of professors who generously donate their time to teach intensive courses in the master’s curriculum. List of faculty here. 

Information for Faculty

Our incredible guest faculty make the Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program possible. We are extremely grateful for your time and dedication to promoting conservation through education. More information here. 

Our Consortium Partners

The Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program is made possible through partnerships with three Mozambican institutions, the Universidade LúrioUniversidade Zambeze, and the Instituto Superior Politécnico de Manica, in partnership with the Universidade de Lisboa. Read more here. 

Student Life

Students in the Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program have the rare privilege of calling Gorongosa National Park their home for two years. Read more. 

Student Research

Our students conduct their thesis research on an impressive variety of topics in Gorongosa National Park and its buffer zone. See here for a list of current research projects, and films about their work. 

Our Mission

Our Mission

Advance an integrated multi-partner approach to conservation and to people-centred development. The Gorongosa Project protects the Park’s biodiversity and ecosystem services and unlocks its economic potential for the community inhabitants of the Gorongosa Buffer Zone, Sofala Province, Mozambique and further afield.

Our Vision

A thriving, biodiversity-rich, Greater Gorongosa conservation landscape, which supports Sofala Province as an engine for resilient and sustainable development enabling nature experiences and wellbeing for its people, enriching all of Mozambique and the world.

A Park for Peace

On 1 August, 2019 a historic ceremony was held in Gorongosa to celebrate the Cessation of Hostilities Accord between the leaders of the Government of Mozambique and the opposition Renamo Party. The accord established Gorongosa National Park (GNP) as a ‘Park for Peace’, delivering human development to the communities that share the greater landscape.