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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for, without having to relocate to our campus.

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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Career prospects

This programme will suit students who need to broaden their knowledge and skills to improve their employability in organisations that have a mandate to provide services to diverse stakeholders in complex systems. Veterinarians in government agencies with wide ranging responsibilities, in conservation organisations and NGOs would find this particularly useful. Similarly, conservation biologists who have little or no familiarity with livestock production or animal health will benefit.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirments and the international page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£1667 per 20 credits
International students
£1667 per 20 credits

Qualification and course duration


36 months


24 months


12 months

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