The Masters can be taken either as a full-time program or part time for domestic students.

The length of your program will depend upon whether you are undertaking a 72 credit point program or have been granted a 24 credit point reduction in learning (see Admissions and Applications tab for further information on the course structure.)

To complete the Masters, students will take

  • 4 units of study in Semester 1 (this only applies to students undertaking a 72 credit point degree), in subject areas such as leadership, biostatistics and coastal systems
  • 6 core units of study that are each offered in an intensive one week (7 days) residential session. These units of study begin with WILD5001 in Semester 2 and
  • a 12 credit capstone research unit of study.

Core Units of Study (All Students)


An injured wombat joey

The units of study are held in venues in the Greater Sydney area, Southern Highlands of New South Wales and at the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo that optimize teaching opportunities. The structure of each unit of study will include the use of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work and field studies. Four units of study are offered in semester one and two units of study are in semester two. Students will be assigned projects and assessments in each unit of study that will be completed in the periods of time between them. These projects will be designed to allow the students to develop new skills and to hone their critical thinking and will require considerable time and effort. Students will also participate in an online journal club through both semesters.

Elective Units of Study (72 Credit Point Masters students only)

Those students undertaking a 72 credit point program of study will take four of the following six elective units of study for their first semester. All these units of study are 6 credit points and offered in semester 1. All students are to take the first three units of study (VETS7025, PUBH5018 and VETS9003) and choose their fourth subject from the remaining three (GEOG5001 or MARS5001 or MARS5006).

VETS7025 Leadership, People & Organisations (Required)

PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics (Required)

VETS9003 Special Topics in Veterinary Studies (Required)

The fourth unit of study can be chosen from the three below, or from other units of study offered by the Faculty of Science with permission.

GEOG5001 Geographical Information Science or

MARS5001 Coastal Processes and Systems or

MARS5006 Coral Reefs, Science and Management

Research Capstone Project


Night time trapping of a stone curlew

The research project is designed to give students a complete research experience. Students will select a research project during their first semester and complete a literature review and research proposal by the middle of the intersemester break. Research on the project will generally begin during the inter semester break and continue through the second semester with the final report due at the end of the second semester.

In order to progress to the research capstone experience, students must achieve a weighted average mark (grade point average) of 70 or greater. Students that do not achieve this weighted average mark, may leave the program after the first semester with a Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Health and Population Management or continue to take courses in the second semester and complete with a Graduate Diploma in Wildlife Health and Population Management.