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Wild Animal Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The course will provide you with practical exposure to wild animal species and an understanding of wild animal health, welfare and conservation, as well as providing training in research methods relevant to the study of wildlife.


You will benefit from working and studying alongside veterinary graduates taking the MSc in Wild Animal Health as well as learning from internationally renowned experts in their field.

Programme delivery

The programme is completed over one year full-time study and consists of three levels:

  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • MSc

All three levels start at the same time, towards the end of September each year, and can be broken down broadly into three terms. The Certificate is completed by mid-January, the Diploma by mid-May, and the MSc also includes a research project, which is undertaken during the summer months, finishing in mid-September.

The Wild Animal Biology masters programme is delivered the course through two terms of lectures, seminars, tutorials and problem-based learning, with modular examinations. None of the levels are available as part-time or distance-learning courses.

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What will I learn?

During the programme you will acquire:

  • A critical awareness of current problems in wildlife disease with implications for wildlife conservation and welfare·
  • A new insight into veterinary interventions for the management of captive and free-living wild animals·
  • A systematic understanding of the biological principles underpinning wild animal conservation and management, and the epidemiology, diagnosis and control of wildlife disease·
  • Basic competence in veterinary techniques and preventative medicine for wild animals·
  • A conceptual and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create knowledge in the field of wild animal health·
  • A comprehensive understanding of scientific skills, including critical review of the scientific literature, and design and analysis of laboratory or field studies.

Upon completion of the MSc in Wild Animal Biology, you will have gained the analytical skills, understanding, confidence and the language to progress your career within a wide range of organisations, such as zoos, national parks, universities, conservation organisations and government departments worldwide.

Programme Structure

The MSc in Wild Animal Biology consists of 3 levels:

  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma and the
  • Master of Science Degree .

These levels start at the same time, towards the end of September each year and broadly speaking can be broken down into three terms. The Certificate consists of term 1 (September to December), the diploma goes on to include term 2 (January to May) and the MSc also includes the research project which is undertaken during the summer months, finishing in mid-September.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A university honours degree (first or upper second class) in biology/zoology with preference being given to those who have worked with wild animals and/or in conservation and have received, inter alia, training in microbiology, parasitology and pathology.
  • Entry to the PG Diploma: Entry to PG Diploma will be open to candidates who have successfully completed the PG Certificate (Wild Animal Biology).
  • Entry to the MSc: Entry to the final stage of MSc (Wild Animal Biology) will be open to those candidates who have successfully completed the PG Diploma (Wild Animal Biology

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24570 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24570 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12420 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12420 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Student Bursaries

The RVC will be offering bursaries of £2000 to contribute towards living expenses to outstanding home/EU and overseas students undertaking an MSc in 2013/14 . These will be allocated on a highly competitive basis to students applying for a full time place on the MSc. Deadline for consideration of this award is the 15th March 2013 and students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must submit a scholarship application form ( along with details of their UK Pass online application.

Career Development Loans

Career Development Loans are available to all EU nationals. To qualify for a CDL you must be ordinarily resident in Great Britain (i.e. England, Scotland or Wales) and have an unlimited right to remain in the United Kingdom (UK). Further details are available at: Career Development Loans

Commonwealth DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme

The Shared Scholarship is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from DFID), the Royal Veterinary College, as part of the British aid programme to developing countries.

In 2013/14, three awards are available to applicants for the MSc Wild Animal Health/Biology, MSc Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals and MSc Veterinary Epidimiology. Funding covers full costs of an award holder's study in the UK (fees) including airfares.

Deadline for consideration of this scholarship is the 15th March 2013 and overseas students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must have submitted an RVC DFID application form and a UKPass online application to the Graduate School by this date.

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Overseas Students

Websites that might be of use:

  • The Council for International Education
  • International Education Financial Aid
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Some students will be eligible to apply for commonwealth shared scholarship schemes.

To see if you are eligible please see the below link:

  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

For further information about CSFP and DFID please see the following link:

  • Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship Plan (CSFP)
  • Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship Plan Application Forms

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