Taught course

Wildlife Biology and Conservation

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Typically, you will need a minimum 2:2 Honours degree in Ecology, Zoology, Veterinary Science or similar. Alternative qualifications combined with appropriate experience may be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is studied full-time over one year and is split up into three trimesters. You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, field trips, and through independent study. This course can also be studied part-time with attendance or part-time by distance learning with attendance for a 2 week period of field work.

DuringTrimester 1 (~Oct - Jan) you will study 3 taught modules:

  • Humans and Wildlife,
  • Scientific Methods,
  • Analysis and Management of Wildlife Populations.

DuringTrimester 2 (~Feb - early May) you will study a further 3 taught modules:

  • Evolution & Taxonomy,
  • Biodiversity and Conservation,
  • Field and Laboratory Skills.

Each of these taught modules is worth 20 credits. Gaining 60 and 120 credits will make you eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma respectively.

DuringTrimester 3 (~May - Aug) you will undertake an independent research project worth 60 credits. On successful completion of this you will be awarded your MSc.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the following is generally required: minimum IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550/213 Please see our website for up-to-date information.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for up-to-date fee & funding information

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-48 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
24-48 months


distance learning
18-36 months
part time
18-36 months
full time
9 months


part time
12-24 months
full time
6 months
distance learning
12-24 months

Course contact details

Information Office
+44 (0) 8452 60 60 40