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Wildlife Conservation & Management

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.

Programme Outcomes
• 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.

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.


1 year full-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science respond to many of the major global challenges such as population growth, global warming, biodiversity, food security and food and health issues. Consequently, the opportunities for graduates globally in this discipline are excellent.

There are a range of potential employers 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.

Related Programmes
MSc(Agr) Rural Environmental Conservation & Management PT
Grad Dip World Heritage Conservation PT
MSc(Agr) Environmental Resource Management FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Catherine Byrne
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 7192

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Wildlife Conservation AESC40150
Data Analysis for Biologists AESC40180
Habitat Evaluation AESC40190
Conservation Genetics AESC40200
One Health AESC40360
Research Project (AESC) 2,ESC40370
Human Impact on the Environment AESC40390
Seminar Presentation AESC40400
Geographic Information Systems AESC40420
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services AESC40440
Literature Review (AESC) AESC40460
Practical Research Skills AESC40470
Biological Invasions ZOOL40280


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management FT (D027)
Duration: 1 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Deadline: Rolling *

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

Course fee

MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management (D027) Full Time
EU fee per year - €8,595
non EU fee per year - €24,800

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Schorships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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