This two-year master program in Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Management (BEWM) at University Bourgogne Franche-Comté consists in both lessons and fieldtrips, while half of the second year is devoted to a personal research project conducted by students in an international research team.
The teaching content is rooted in our established strengths in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, quantitative ecology and research design. The master program is further enriched by input from professional conservationists and managers, with the aim to put courses in the broader context of project management and decision-making policies.
Future career prospects
The aim of our master program is to train future scientific leaders in animal behaviour and conservation biology, as well as future managers and policy officers in biodiversity, conservation and wildlife management.
For these reasons, our program aims at providing both a diversified and specialized expertise in the general fields of animal behaviour and wildlife management.
It also combines behavioural ecology and conservation biology as two major disciplines with some other relevant topics – ethics and deontology, epistemology, socioeconomics of conservation, structure and management of environmental organizations, in addition to the hard science of biodiversity.
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Programme StructureCourses include:
- Teaching consists of lectures, seminars by international researchers, class tutorials and practical training in the laboratory and in the field, providing in-depth exploration of key issues.
- The teaching philosophy is to stimulate balanced and evidence-based discussions and debates between academic staff and students. Such interactions provide efficient training to identify and explore theory, methods and practice in an academic environment.
- Field courses allow students to apply the methods and ideas developed in the classroom to practical use in the field. Each year, you will attend at least one week-long fieldtrip, and several one-day field sessions.
- The « Camargue field course » provides the opportunity to work on a model species for wildlife management in the Camargue Natural Regional Park (CNRP): the greater flamingo.
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Students eligible to the master program BEWM must have obtained a degree equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor of Science. Background knowledge in evolutionary biology, ecology and animal behaviour is mandatory, as well as sufficient training in quantitative methods and statistics.
- Candidates must have very good academic qualifications in general, and, more specifically, good grades in these disciplines. A good command of English is highly recommended.
- Candidates must have a strong motivation to undertake higher level training in behavioral ecology and conservation biology. They must be able to outline their professional goals.
International243 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 243 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA243 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 243 EUR per year during 24 months.
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