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.

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.

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

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. 

  • 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

MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management (D027) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 8385
nonEU    fee per year - € 24200

***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.

  • 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.

Graduate Profile
Sean O’Sullivan, Wildlife Veterinarian,
Al Ain Wildlife Park,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

I have always been passionate about wildlife conservation and management and so when I completed my Veterinary Medicine degree programme, the MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Management programme at UCD was the logical next step for me. The programme content is interesting and stimulating; focusing on many diverse disciplines in wildlife conservation. The programme was definitely a factor enabling me to gain employment in conservation. Small class sizes, an approachable and enthusiastic programme co-ordinator and students from a diverse range of backgrounds created a very enjoyable interactive environment in which to study. Following completion of the programme in May 2013, I accepted a role working as a Wildlife Veterinarian in AI Ain Wildlife Park, Abu Dhabi. I have no doubt that pursuing this masters at UCD has helped to diversify my skillset, enabling me to gain employment in conservation. I would highly recommend considering the MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Management programme at UCD.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Wildlife Conservation & Management FT (D027)
1 Years
Full Time
Rolling *

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