What will I learn?

MSc in Wildlife Conservation & Management programme enables students to develop an integrated judgment and analysis of problems associated with wildlife management and conservation both nationally and internationally.

  • 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.

Careers & Employability

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.

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 is 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.

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

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€24,800.00 (US$ 27,677) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The normal requirement for entry to a taught Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available. In this case relevant work experience may be a requirement. UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University: A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).

For international students

Applicants must 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 recognized 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; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

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