Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Sydney Wildlife Health and Population Management Program website


The Sydney Wildlife Health and Population Management Program brings together the disciplines of animal health and wildlife population management to help you develop and enhance your skills in conservation techniques for native fauna, diagnosis and management of wildlife health, and management of native and pest species populations.

Through the Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management, you will gain a qualification that will provide opportunities for employment in a range of wildlife-related settings.

This degree is now administered by the Faculty of Veterinary Science and is accepting applications for Semesters 1 and 2, 2015. There are no admissions or enrollments at Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate levels.

Course outline


Students will complete 6 units of study:




  • WILD 5001 Australasian Wildlife: Introduction


  • WILD 5002 Australasian Wildlife: Field Studies


  • WILD 5003 Wildlife Health


  • WILD 5004 Vertebrate Pest Management


  • WILD 5005 In Situ Wildlife Management


  • WILD 5006 Ex Situ Wildlife Management



Students will also complete a 12 credit point capstone research unit.


Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The aim of these courses is to provide you with a coordinated and interdisciplinary approach to wildlife health and wildlife management, thus giving you the expertise to recognise and solve a broad range of problems in field populations.

Upon completion of your Master's degree, you will have a broad understanding of the topic of wildlife management and you will have developed practical skills from field studies. In addition, the Master's course will provide you with experience in designing, carrying out and completing a research project and thesis.

Our students find employment in areas as diverse as:

- state and federal government agencies
- non-government organisations
- local government
- environmental consultancies
- zoos and wildlife parks
- veterinary clinics
- universities

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Wildlife Health & Population Management may be eligible for admission to a postgraduate research degree.

Other study options

Individual units of study from this program may be taken on a non-award basis. Please contact program administrative staff for further information.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management will:

(a) hold a bachelor’s degree or higher award with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, in veterinary science, animal science or agriculture; or
(b) have completed the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

If you have an undergraduate Honours degree, or equivalent, you may be eligible for a reduction in your study load. When you submit an application for this degree program, your qualifications will be automatically assessed and if you have a Level 8 degree (an undergraduate degree with Honours or equivalent, as assessed by the University), you will only have to complete 48 credit points of core units. If there is any uncertainty about the nature of your undergraduate degree, we may ask for further documentation.


It is assumed that applicants have statistics knowledge at an undergraduate level.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. On-time applications for the July Semester close on 30 June. Late applications will be accepted, but priority is given to those who submit before the application deadline.

You can begin your application by selecting the 'Apply Now' on this page.

Ancillary expenses

Many units of study conducted in intensive mode may be based in the field and have accommodation and costs incidental to these kind of trips. Further details about these costs will be detailed at enrollment or by contacting program administrative staff.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) through a University overseas representative (education agent) or (ii) directly to the University.
You can begin your application by selecting the 'Apply Now' button on this page.

Ancillary expenses for international students

Many units of study conducted in intensive mode may be based in the field and have accommodation and costs incidental to these kind of trips. Further details about these costs will be detailed at enrollment or by contacting program administrative staff.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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