Course structure

Each course is uniquely tailored to the expertise of the international and local teachers. The first two weeks are spent in the field learning about conservation and ecological issues relevant to the course site. You will then work with other participants to design, implement, analyse and report on a short field research project, supported by a series of lectures, interactive workshops and supervision tutorials.

About the site

The Mpala Research Centre (MRC) is situated in Laikipia County, 50km north of the equator and 50km from Nanyuki town. It receives hundreds of students, educators, and scientists from around the globe each year, conducting research on everything from parasites to elephants. The unique set up of Mpala allows for researchers to use the land as a ‘living laboratory’ in which to conduct experiments and answer pressing questions on conservation and wildlife.

The research station

Accommodation is in dormitories and there are flushing toilets and washing facilities.  A generator supplies power in the morning and late afternoon/evening. A lecture and meeting hall will be used for presentations. The Graham Library provides a comfortable reading and working area with some basic guide books to birds and mammals and reference books on ecology and conservation. There are also back copies of select African journals.


Evenings and nights will be cool/chilly (10°C at night) and the days hot getting above 24oC. Even though we will be visiting at the start of the ‘dry season’ there could be occasional rainfall. You will need something warm to wear (only for the evening and nights) and good walking boots – bear in mind the course setting is in a thorny landscape – are essential!