MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
MSc in Wildlife Conservation & Management programme enables students to develop an integrated judgement and analysis of problems associated with wildlife management and conservation both nationally and internationally.
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• This MSc is a terrestrial based course, the balance of One Health, Conflict and Wildlife Management makes it a unique programme in the area wildlife conservation.
• 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.
Vision and Values Statement
The MSc in Wildlife Conservation & Management is designed for postgraduate students who wish to undertake further studies in pursuit of a career in the agricultural and environmental sciences, with a particular emphasis on sustainable management of wildlife resources within rural landscapes. . The programme choice enables students to specifically focus their studies on global wildlife conservation and management The programme fosters in its graduates the qualities of self-motivation and critical thinking. For those with an inquiring mind, a deeper understanding of scientific principles relevant in solving agri-environmental food security concerns is provided, which in combination with understanding of effective policy-making, leads to sustainable management practice including an appreciation of One Health. Wildlife Conservation & Management uniquely integrates the principles of wildlife conservation and zoonotic epidemiology, to underpin the effective management of wildlife populations and ecosystem health.This integrated structure is supportive of guided self-learning and provides the opportunity to develop key management skills across the agri-environmental sciences. Core elements of the overall programme include: literature review & knowledge assimilation; core lab, field & IT skills (including use of GIS and remote sensing software); experimental/survey design & quantitative data analysis; written and verbal communication skills. Use is made of individual and group work assignments designed to develop individual, teamwork and leadership skills. A major study project done in Semester 3 allows students to put these skills into practice.
• Understand and interpret the wider environmental issues and challenges of food production and security, and appreciate the objectives of national, EU and international policy
• Value the functional benefits of biological diversity and natural ecological processes within managed ecosystems
• Understand the use of core lab, field and IT (GIS) skills in scientific study and evaluation
• Devise and interpret agri-environmental studies/evaluations involving the collection, appropriate analysis and reporting of resulting observations
• Understand and apply the principles and practice of wildlife protection & management
• Integrate and apply understanding of wildlife ecology, zoonotic disease and its impact on human health including One Health
• Evaluate the critical role of conflict resolution in wildlife protection and conservation
• Demonstrate the significance and application of population genetics in the sustainable conservation and management of threatened species.