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Global Wildlife Health and Conservation MSc

Global Wildlife Health and Conservation MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Wildlife Conservation / Protection

Course type


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.


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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This unit will provide an introduction to basic concepts in wildlife diseases & epidemiology. It will outline the different types of pathogen and host, the impact of diseases on wildlife individuals and populations (using practical examples such as brucellosis in Bison, tuberculosis in white-tailed deer, white nose syndrome in bats, anthrax in hippopotamus, chytridiomycosis in amphibians and phocine distemper in seals), movement of disease among wildlife, domestic animals and man, and how to identify & monitor diseases in both captive and free-living animal populations. The Unit will go on to describe the treatment and control of infectious diseases, including vaccination, movement control & culling, and the modelling of infectious disease outbreaks. Students will be taught a critical awareness of currents problems in wildlife disease, including the impacts of human activities on the incidence and distribution of wildlife diseases via habitat destruction, international travel, global trade, climate change etc. Special emphasis will be placed on wildlife diseases of human significance (e.g. rabies, Ebola, SARS, avian influenza, bovine TB etc) and on how to distinguish endemic from emerging diseases. Attention will also be given to wildlife as a source of food for people and the relevance of the safety of that food.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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