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Master of Wildlife Management (MWLM)

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected July 2022


University of Otago


The Master of Wildlife Management (MWLM) degree is a three-semester 180-point postgraduate degree designed to train students with the skills necessary for employment in some aspect of wildlife or ecological management or research.

Other important goals of the course are to develop in students:

  • an understanding of the ecological basis of conservation, harvest management and pest control.
  • skills in handling, marking, observing and surveying wild animals.
  • an appreciation of the practical realities of wildlife management from the administrative and legal points of view.
  • a knowledge of the biology, ecology and behaviour of wild animals in New Zealand.
  • skills in communicating about the management of, and scientific research of, ecological communities. Verbal presentations, debating, dealing with the media, popular science writing and scientific report writing are all emphasised and taught.


  • WILM 401 Principles of Wildlife Management
  • WILM 402 Techniques of Wildlife Management
  • WILM 501 Wildlife Management Research Placement
  • Papers worth at least 100 points from 400-level WILM, ZOOL, and other 400-level papers

Note: Every programme of study must include WILM 404 (or equivalent) if ZOOL 316 has not been passed previously, and must include WILM 406 if 300-level course work in Conservation Biology has not been taken previously.

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