Master of Wildlife Management, New Zealand 2019

University of Otago

Study in:New Zealand
Deadline: 30 April 2019


Important goals of the Master of Wildlife Management offered by University of Otago are to develop in students:

  • an understanding of the ecological basis of conservation, harvest management and pest control.
  • skills in handling, marking, observing and surveying wild animals.
  • an appreciation of the practical realities of wildlife management from the administrative and legal points of view.
  • a knowledge of the biology, ecology and behaviour of wild animals in New Zealand.
  • skills in communicating about the management of, and scientific research of, ecological communities. Verbal presentations, debating, dealing with the media, popular science writing and scientific report writing are all emphasised and taught.

Career Opportunities

  • Wildlife Management is an ideal qualification for those seeking employment as: Conservation Officers – Department of Conservation (DoC)
  • Fish and Game Officers – Fish and Game Council
  • Pest Control and Resource Managers – Regional Councils
  • Scientific Research Technicians – Department of Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture (MAF), Ministry of Fisheries (MFish), Universities, private consultants
  • Scientific advisers for government and non-government research and conservation organisations

Program Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Wildlife Management
  • Techniques of Wildlife Management
  • Wildlife Management Research Placement

Academic Requirements

  • Entrance requirements for postgraduate study vary by program with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand.
  • A postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor’s degree.
  • If you hold an honours degree or postgraduate diploma you may be able to eligible for master’s study by thesis only. In some cases if you hold a bachelor’s degree you may apply for a coursework master’s degree or for master’s study by coursework and thesis.


The University offers a number of generous masters’ awards and doctoral scholarships (for PhD and other doctoral-level study). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, research ability (where applicable) and suitability within the department. No interview is required. Students already receiving a full scholarship covering tuition fees and living costs are not usually eligible.

Detailed Program Facts

Starting in July 2019

You can apply until: 30 April 2019

For more details and information please visit program website.

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