University of Bristol

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

The programme is based at Bristol Veterinary School on our Langford campus in Somerset, providing convenient access to Exmoor National Park and the rich wildlife habitats of south-west England. Many lectures 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 special feature of this MSc is the large number of lectures, workshops and seminars that are delivered by leading researchers, conservationists and wildlife veterinarians from outside the University.

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.

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.

A research element from May to August provides an opportunity to carry out a project on a wildlife topic of interest to you and present your results as a written report suitable for publication.

This course has been carefully designed for those aspiring to a career in wildlife health, conservation and management.

Entry requirements

You can study a Masters’ level degree after three or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

12 noon, Friday 3 May 2019.