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.

Innovative and interdisciplinary, the Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management will grow your prospects in wildlife-related jobs from zoos to not-for-profits to National Parks. Taught by experts from academia, industry, and government in some of the world’s most ecologically diverse settings, the course will give you the skills to tackle complex challenges that face our planet’s wildlife.

The one-and-a-half-year Wildlife Masters is the ideal next step for graduates with a background in biology, ecology, conservation or veterinary medicine. Bringing together the disciplines of animal health and wildlife population management in a truly holistic way, it will give you expertise in conservation techniques for native fauna, diagnosis and management of wildlife health, and management of native and pest species populations.

The Masters offers you maximum flexibility so you can take full advantage of the incredible opportunities available in the program. With a combination of core and elective subjects plus a research project in your area of interest, the degree can be tailored to suit you. And, classes are held in locations across the Greater Sydney area, Southern Highlands of New South Wales and at the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo so that you get maximum hands-on experience.

The Wildlife Masters is taught by exceptional staff who are highly regarded and actively involved in the field. So you won’t just graduate with a Masters; you’ll have a network of contacts across the field of wildlife health and wildlife management that can mentor you and help you win jobs or further your studies.

Our graduates have gone on to jobs in private industry, not-for-profit organisations, zoos and wildlife parks, academia, and government at all levels, from applied work in State and National Parks to policy development at the minister’s level. If you are already employed in these fields, the Wildlife Masters will provide you with new opportunities for growth and promotion. For those of you who are interested in obtaining a PhD, the Wild Masters allows you to identify fields of study and investigators with who you would like to work and gives you strong credentials allowing entry into entry into top quality programs.

Course Overview

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 an Australian Masters, Graduate Diploma or Honours Bachelor’s degree in veterinary, animal or biological sciences or, an overseas equivalent OR;
(b) hold a Bachelor’s degree (Pass) in veterinary, animal or biological sciences with a credit average (65%) or, an overseas equivalent;

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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.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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