Taught course

Wild Animal Biology

Royal Veterinary College · Royal Veterinary College

Entry requirements

Applicants must have (or expect to receive) a university first or second class honours degree. Applications are encouraged from candidates with degrees in Biology, Zoology, Animal Biology and the veterinary sciences. We are particularly keen to see evidence of relevant work experience in a zoo, wild animal hospital or in wild animal research.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Science Course in Wild Animal Biology is structured around a series of problem-based learning scenarios which encourage critical thinking, decision-making, exploration and inquiry, and awareness of current issues at the forefront of wild animal biology. Insights into novel research and important systematic knowledge is given in lectures to complement the problem-based approach, while practical skills are taught through rotations and visits to selected advanced institutions.

Programme Content
This specialist Masters course is completed over one year full-time study, commencing in Autumn 2010. Certificate and Diploma levels are available. The course provides participants with:

- a critical awareness of current problems in wildlife disease with implications for wildlife conservation and welfare, and a new insight into interventions for the management of captive and free-living wild animals, through gaining a systematic understanding of the biological principles underpinning wild animal management, and the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of wildlife disease;
- basic competence in management and pathological techniques in wild animals; and
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, and a comprehensive understanding of scientific skills, including critical review of the scientific literature, and design and analysis of laboratory or field studies.
- The course is delivered through two terms of lectures, seminars, tutorials and problem-based learning, with modular examinations, followed by a research project over the summer months, prior to final assessment.

Teaching covers taxa e.g. mammals, reptiles, birds and the disciplines that influence these taxa, such as epidemiology, infectious diseases, conservation and management.

Information for international students

We require all students to have a good level of written/spoken English. If your first language is not English you will be required to take IELTS or TOEFL. We require a score of 7.0 in IELTS (no element below 6.5 or 93 in TOEFL (no element below 23 (internet-based).

Fees and funding

The RVC will be offering bursaries of £2,000-4,000 to outstanding home/EU and overseas students undertaking an MSc in 2014/15. These will be allocated on a highly competitive basis to students applying for a full time place on the MSc. The deadline for consideration of this award is 10th April 2014.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation35 (5000 words)
oral examintaion of10

Course contact details

Admissions Office
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