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MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation

MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Wildlife Conservation / Protection Animal Health Veterinary Science

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Programme overview

This innovative programme aims to give you the knowledge, skills and practical training needed to work with wildlife, and places particular emphasis on wildlife health and conservation on a global scale.

Cutting-edge topics include animal capture and handling techniques; the assessment, stabilisation and transportation of injured animals; methods for improving the welfare of captive animals; concepts in behavioural ecology; endangered species breeding programmes; the reintroduction of captive populations to the wild; practical conservation strategies; and the management of protected areas. The curriculum also delivers a comprehensive introduction to wildlife disease ecology, surveillance and control.

The MSc is based at the Bristol Veterinary School in the village of Langford near the Mendip Hills in Somerset, providing convenient access to Exmoor National Park and the rich wildlife habitats of south-west England. Many small group workshops and practical sessions take place at Bristol Zoo, allowing you to gain hands-on experience of exotic animal care while working behind the scenes in a modern zoological garden.

A distinctive feature of this MSc is the large number of specialist lectures, workshops and seminars that are delivered by leading researchers, conservationists and wildlife veterinarians from outside the University. These provide valuable networking opportunities that will benefit you in your future career.

By the end of the course you will have gained the skills and knowledge to deal with a variety of practical situations that professional wildlife biologists face on a day-to-day basis.

Careers

This programme has been carefully designed for those aspiring to a career in wildlife health, conservation and management. Potential employers include national parks, zoological gardens, animal rescue centres, wildlife hospitals, environmental NGOs, conservation charities and government agencies with statutory wildlife responsibilities, both in Britain and overseas.

Previous students have gone on to work for a range of employers, including the Environment Agency, Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Chester Zoo, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica, WWF, Frontier, Wildlife Rescue Centre Java, RSPB and Ecofieldtrips Singapore. Our graduates are now spread across the world, working to achieve wildlife conservation from positions of influence in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa.

Modules

The unit is intended to be an introduction to applied animal behaviour, animal welfare science, ethics and law relevant to wildlife management and health. It will include demonstration and consideration of how animal behaviour can be applied to practical problems in wildlife conservation, and how animal welfare science can be applied to tackle health and management problems in captivity. In addition, the students will learn to illustrate and reflect on welfare problems, demonstrating their attitude to wildlife welfare, and their recognition and analysis of ethical and legal dilemmas affecting wildlife health and management worldwide. The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop an understanding of the practical application of animal behaviour, and of the fundamental concepts of animal welfare science, ethics and law as they relate to global wildlife health and management.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£12,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£23,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a biological, veterinary or environmental science subject.