Wildlife Conservation & Management

MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc Wildlife Conservation and Management is suitable for students who wish to undertake further studies in pursuit of a career in the agricultural and environmental sciences, with a particular emphasis on the sustainable management of wildlife resources within rural landscapes. This is a unique programme dealing with the principles of population management and zoonotic diseases associated with wildlife and conflict resolution.

This MSc enables students to specifically focus their studies on global wildlife conservation and management. For those with an inquiring mind, a deeper understanding of scientific principles relevant to solving agri-environmental food security concerns is provided, which in combination with understanding effective policy-making, leads to sustainable management practice.

The MSc Wildlife Conservation and Management uniquely integrates the principles of wildlife conservation and zoonotic epidemiology, to underpin the effective management of wildlife populations and ecosystem health.

The programme aims to facilitate the development of students to enable them to provide natural science solutions within a theoretical and social context. Students graduate with a range of skills and experience that makes them highly employable as they develop the ability to problem solve in multiple situations.

Students have the opportunity to visit current conservation and management projects in Ireland, to acquire applied field skills. Students also receive contributions from national and international experts in wildlife conservation and management.

This MSc is set within the UCD One Health paradigm in an agricultural context as approximately 60% of land use in Ireland and 50% of the globes land use is devoted to farming. The vision of UCD One Health is to maximise the health and well-being of humans, animals and the environment through academic excellence, collaborative research, education and outreach.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core:
Wildlife ConservationAESC40150
Data Analysis for BiologistsAESC40180
Habitat EvaluationAESC40190
Conservation GeneticsAESC40200
One HealthAESC40360
Research Project (AESC) 2AESC40370
Human Impact on the EnvironmentAESC40390
Seminar PresentationAESC40400
Biodiversity and Ecosystem ServicesAESC40440
Literature Review (AESC)AESC40460
Practical Research SkillsAESC40470
Geographic Information SystemsFOR30430
Biological InvasionsZOOL40280

Entry requirements

- Applicants must hold hold the equivalent of a minimum Lower Second Class Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), or international equivalent, in a Biological Science, Environmental Science, Animal Science, Equine Science or Veterinary Medicine degree programme from a recognised higher education institution.

- Applicants from other disciplines may be considered if they include strong evaluation, analytical and communication skills and have experience of working in the area.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

- Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management FT (D027)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


1 year full-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
There are a range of potential employment opportunities for graduates from this programme including government departments, local authorities, county councils, environmental protection agencies and a range of national and international NGOs. In addition, suitable candidates may progress to PhD study.

Graduate Roles:
Environmental Consultant
Conservation Officer
Ecological Advisor
Policy Officer
Conservation Manager
Park Ranger

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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