Gorongosa Master’s Program

The Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program was created in 2017 by the Gorongosa Project with a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in order to prepare Mozambicans to advance conservation in their biodiverse nation.

The Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program was created in 2017 by the Gorongosa Project with a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in order to prepare Mozambicans to advance conservation in their biodiverse nation. The program is the first and only MSc in conservation biology in Mozambique, and it is the only master’s program in the world to be conducted entirely in a national park. It offers a truly unique educational experience in which students are fully immersed in conservation—interacting with biologists, rangers, and community outreach and ecotourism professionals. By studying, conducting research, and living in Mozambique’s flagship national park, students gain much more than an academic education – their entire lifestyle revolves around the practice of conservation in protected areas.
In this two-year program, students complete academic credit hours through intensive short-term courses taught by an invited faculty of professors from around the world. The scope of our courses is comparable to conservation biology MSc programs at traditional universities, but the Gorongosa program emphasizes field work and practical knowledge, preparing students for future careers as scientists, natural resource managers, and community outreach specialists. 
Beyond formal courses, students also conduct independent research, advised by the invited faculty and Gorongosa scientists. They write and defend formal master’s theses, and are expected to publish their work in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Students’ research topics have ranged from natural forest regeneration under shade-grown coffee to the differential effects of mammals and insects on vegetation dynamics to population genetics of understudied species to the microbiome of soils under different fire regimes. This exciting variety of topics is made possible by living and working in an incredible environment—Gorongosa National Park.

The Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology Program functions as a consortium comprised of Gorongosa National Park and three Mozambican institutions, the Universidade LúrioUniversidade Zambeze, and the Instituto Superior Politécnico de Manica. With our partners, we are ensuring excellence in academics and research. We accept new cohorts of students every two years.

 

Academics

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

Admissions

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. 

Faculty

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.