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Master of Wildlife Management (MWLM)


University of Otago Department of Zoology

Full time See Course Other Full-time: 3-6 semesters

About the course

The Master of Wildlife Management (MWLM) degree is a three-semester 180-point postgraduate degree designed to train students with the skills necessary for employment in some aspect of wildlife or ecological management or research.

Other important goals of the course 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

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Entry Requirements

Most of the students taking Wildlife Management have a BSc, a BSc (Honours), or some other diploma or degree course with a significant biology and/or ecology component. The course has also been taken by people from other backgrounds. Recent years have seen Parks and Recreation graduates, vets, engineers, mathematicians, and journalists taking the Postgraduate Diploma.

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