University of Sydney

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Masters of Wildlife Health and Population Management


Student Information Office, Merewether Bldg H04, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

Sydney, New South 2560


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master in Wildlife Health and Population Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Sydney's Master in Wildlife Health and Population Management provides a unique combination of veterinary and biological sciences, which emphasises the need for a multidisciplinary team approach in the development of wildlife management strategies. This innovative program provides holistic training in wildlife population management where you will be taught by experts from academia, industry, and government in one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse settings in the world. The Faculty of Veterinary Science offers both the inner-city convenience with our Sydney Campus and the relaxed rural beauty of our south west Sydney campus where we maintain a dedicated wildlife hospital. You will never be far from the vibrant, diverse and unique social life of Sydney to ensure you have rich experiences both in and out of the classroom. As a graduate you will have the skills to address the increasingly complex challenges that face wildlife around the world allowing you to be employed in a wide range of wildlife-related fields or enter a PhD program. The Masters is designed to offer the maximum flexibility so you can take full advantage of the opportunities available in the program. It is composed of 6 units of study offered as a one week residential (full time for 7 days) with additional online material and a research capstone experience. The units and capstone experience can be taken as an intensive 1 year program or part time over a number of years. The Wildlife Masters is designed to appeal to students with a background in biology, ecology, conservation or veterinary medicine. UNITS OF STUDY Australasian Wildlife Introduction and Field Studies. Combined these units provide students with the tools to determine what species of wildlife are present in an ecosystem, their numbers, and population trends, while identifying the processes that are driving these trends. With this knowledge base, students are then taught how solutions to these problems can be developed. In Situ Wildlife Management. In situ wildlife management takes students to the next level allowing students to generate their own data to predict population changes and outcomes of management changes in a real world setting. Wildlife Health. While historically the domain of veterinarians, wildlife disease is now recognized as a key threatening process for wildlife and the understanding of its impact is essential for anyone involved in wildlife population management. Wildlife Health provides students with knowledge about diseases processes, how to recognize that a disease process is occurring in a wildlife population and how to safely investigate disease outbreaks. Also emphasized is the potential role of wildlife as disease reservoirs for humans and domestic animals and these species for wildlife. Vertebrate Pest Management. Invasive and overabundant animals are a major cause of population declines and extinctions of native species around the world and significantly impact agriculture. Vetebrate Pets Management provides a detailed history of how invasive animals have arrived and continue to arrive in Australia, the impact that these species and overabundant species have had and are having and the most current approaches to their control. Ex situ Wildlife Management. Zoos play a critical role in conservation by providing refuges for species that are either threatened in the wild or are extinct in the wild. They also play important roles in producing animals for re-introduction and studying assisted reproduction and behaviour in these species. In addition, zoos play a critical role by providing entertainment to the public while at the same time educating the public about important conservation related issues. This unit of study is held at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. It is taught by zoo veterinarians, keepers, educators, and administrators. Students are provided with a firsthand and behind the scenes experience on all the workings of the zoo, including their educational, research and conservation activities. This is one of the most popular units of study and has been described as one that brings together all of the elements taught in the previous units of study. Research. The research unit of study provides the student with a complete research experience, including literature review, experimental design and implementation and reporting results. A wide range of potential projects in wildlife health and population management will be available. Projects can be done individually or in groups. Some projects will include field work, while others will be done in the laboratory. It is the goal of this program to make every effort to publish student findings.


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International Student Requirements:

IELTS: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band. TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 600 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in writing. TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 100 overall including a minimum result of 24 in reading, listening and speaking and 25 in writing.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 48

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): Australian Citizen 645.83

In State Tuition (per year): 31000

Out State Tuition (per year): 34300

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