Taught course

Wildlife and Livestock Management

University of Glasgow · School of Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

1.2:2 level award at any recognised undergraduate degree in biological/animal/ecological/veterinary science, or 2.Diploma and professional/employment experience as deemed appropriate by the programme coordinator. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

Humans are dependent on and live in close proximity with their livestock and the interfaces of livestock with wildlife are permeable and complex. This programme addresses a clear need to integrate ecological disciplines with studies of disease in wildlife, livestock and human populations, with concepts of land management, livestock production and wildlife management.

Why Glasgow

  • You can carry out a research project in an internationally recognized centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in animal science and ecology.
  • Field trips are organised to outstanding places where wildlife, livestock and humans co-exist with varying degrees of success. In 2015/16, these include the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta and the Scottish Highlands.
  • This programme closely examines the often conflicting needs of land users and strives to obtain balanced input from individual land users, from special interest lobby groups, NGOs, government organisations, corporations and service providers to provide a rigorous theoretical background to understanding the practical causes of land-use conflicts involving livestock, wildlife and other drivers.
  • After completing this programme you will have gained a valuable understanding of the complex drivers of animal management, have developed a range of analytical and practical skills and will be able to construct well-founded, practical solutions to animal management problems.
  • Being an online programme, we are equally able to access true experts, regardless of their national base. Recognised authorities will contribute to the programme from their home countries, including South Africa, Botswana, USA, Brazil, India and Australia.
  • This programme is unique in its approach to the "One Health" concept. Whereas most programmes in this domain examine animal and human health, this programme broadens the concept to include environment and land management, both of which are major drivers of the health of wildlife, livestock and the humans that depend on them.

Programme Structure

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Integrate ecological disciplines with studies of disease in wildlife, livestock and human populations with basic concepts of land management, livestock production and wildlife management
  • Comprehensively examine the factors that influence the managment of wildlife and livestock species, including human culture and the physical environment
  • Provide training in the use of analytical tools for wildlife, livestock and land management
  • Develop the ability to critically analyse wildlife and livestock management processes and critically analyse and evaluate solutions to the important challenges of sustainable wildlife and livestock management.

The programme is structured for online delivery, however electives have been developed to provide field-work opportunities for those who are interested in progressing to a higher level of application. One elective is on chemical immobilisation, restraint, and translocation of wildlife species, conducted on location in the Kalahari and Scottish Highlands. The other elective is a field trip to a high value location where livestock and wildlife interact closely in environments under stress to explore issues of human-wildlife conflict, the ecological impact of livestock production and the human experience of these stresses. The field trips are to oustanding locations including the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari and the Scottish Highlands.

Core Courses

Wildlife and Livestock Management BIOL5277

The management of wildlife and livestock, including domestication, the concept of production animals, animal husbandry and nutrition, wildlife management in zoos and wildlife reserves are covered in this course. It will examine the essential elements of feed production, resource allocation and competition, land-use business models, land tenure systems and human-wildlife conflict.

Ecological Principles BIOL5269

This course will enable the development of analytical tools for ecology, including measurement of biodiversity, assessment of ecosystem health, and concepts of ecosystem health. It will ensure a firm foundation in terminology and methods of quantification to enable comprehensive assessments of real-world scenarios and the development of practical solutions.

Environment Genetics and Animal Physiology BIOL5270

This is a detailed examination of the genetics and physiology of adaptations of animals to their environments. Considerable attention is focused on selection of livestock species for disease resistance and low input requirements and the consequences of human intervention in breeding and conservation programmes for in situ and captive wildlife. It also evaluates the impact of environmental and production system factors on animal health, welfare and risk of disease transmission to humans.

Veterinary Public Health and Service Delivery BIOL5275

This course addresses the one health paradigm and will introduce concepts of veterinary public health including food safety, notifiable diseases, risk assessment, regulation of slaughter and processing of livestock and game, international trade in animal products, delivery of veterinary services. A particular focus area is the provision of veterinary services to support poverty alleviation while supporting biodiversity objectives.

Pathogens and Disease BIOL5274

This course is an examination of infectious disease in livestock, wildlife and humans, the factors that drive the emergence of new diseases from animals to humans and the always difficult challenges of responsibly managing diseases of human significance for which wildlife and livestock may also be hosts. The course covers the application of epidemiological tools to animal populations (wildlife, livestock and humans).

Landscape and Climate BIOL5273

Since life emerged, the main threat to any existing taxon has been physical change to the environmental (temperature, light, nutrient availability) and the main driver of environmental change is climate. However, climate and landscape are often given fairly cursory treatment in biology programmes, so this course provides an introduction to physical geography, including climatology, topography, geology and soils and how these all interact with human activity to result in the local environments in which livestock and wildlife co-exist.

Optional Courses

Wildlife and Livestock Management Field Exercises BIOL5272

Students will undertake a field trip with academic staff to one of the world's important wildlife reserve areas where wildlife and livestock interact extensively: Exercises will include assessment of vegetation, wildlife abundance and diversity, and the formulation of management plans for wildlife reserves.

Wildlife Chemical Immobilisation, Restraint and Capture BIOL5276

This module will include a theoretical background on pharmacology of drugs used in chemical restraint, regulation and their application to various wildlife species. Students may elect to undertake an additional practical module in the Kalahari or Scotland.

European Game Management BIOL5271

This course examines the approaches to the management of common game species (fish, birds and mammals) in the European context, including ethical and legal aspects, land management, predator management, breeding, nutrition and health.

Wildlife Management in Zoos and Wildlife Parks BIOL5264

This course addresses the management of wildlife species in zoological collections on a small to moderate spatial scale. This extends from small collections of exotic species through public collections in zoological parks and gardens through to wildlife parks and game ranches.


Dissertation in Wildlife & Livestock Management BIOL5268

Students will complete a dissertation in a subject of their choice relating to the management of wildlife or livestock. The dissertation may involve original research, depending on the availability of research opportunities, or might take the form of a critical literature review. In some instances it may be possible for students to come to Glasgow or to other locations for their project if they wish to do so.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
48 months

Course contact details

Florence McGarrity