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Wildlife Management MSc

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Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Wildlife Conservation / Protection Forestry Nature Conservation

Course type


Course Summary

Our course provides a link between the theory and practice of wildlife management. We teach from the perspective of regulatory authorities associated with UK wildlife management. You will receive advanced training in policy and science implementation. It is professionally focused and relevant to a range of roles in the sector.

The course aims to provide graduates with:

advanced knowledge of wildlife management theory, the principles of biodiversity and conservation, epidemiology and wildlife conflicts
practical skills in wildlife and environmental data collection, data analysis, data handling, statistics and modelling methodologies with a focus on providing evidence for policy
training in humaneness and welfare for Home Office licensing
field skills in wildlife monitoring, surveying, tracking and sampling integrating with GIS
problem solving skills to address wildlife problems in a policy context

Much of the training and many case studies will focus on UK and EU policy. The generic training will allow you to work in other countries where policy and management are strongly linked.

The course is run jointly by the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle and the National Wildlife Management Centre (NWMC) at Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

APHA provides advice to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on wildlife management and is involved with the development, assessment and implementation of policy associated with wildlife problems in the UK. It is concerned with invasive species, wildlife disease and has a large portfolio of research and management that is implemented at the national scale.


The overall aim of this module is to introduce the concept of coupled human and natural systems (Coupled Socio-ecological Systems (CHANS)) and to investigate how it can be used to find solutions for global challenges such as food security and sustainable use of natural resources. Humans have interacted with the environment since the beginning of human history. However, the scope and intensity of these interactions have changed dramatically since the Industrial Revolution. CHANS research is integrative and interdisciplinary across the social and natural sciences seeking to understand the complexity of interactions between humans and nature and the feedbacks arising from these interactions. For example, humans modify the environment through land use changes and fossil fuel use thereby affecting local and global climate. Climate in turns affects vegetation and humans, at local, regional and global scales with impacts becoming apparent over short or long time scales.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications and relevant experience. This applies in particular to relevant work experience in the wildlife management sector.