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Management of fish and wildlife populations (Master's Program - Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost 271 000 SEK

Why is wildlife important to human life? How do we handle depleted populations? Become a student and help solve the problem!

The program covers different aspects of the management and conservation of fish and wildlife, including scientific theory and methods, as well as relevant laws and conventions at the international level. It includes obligatory courses, a Master’s thesis, and elective courses. The program targets both Swedish and international students, including students from developing countries. It is offered by the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, where approximately 55 researchers and Ph.D. students actively conduct research in the fields of fish and wildlife management, biological conservation, and aquaculture.


The program’s first year consists of four coordinated courses: Fish and Wildlife Census Techniques, Applied Population Ecology, Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management, and Fish and Wildlife Management. During the second year, the student gets the opportunity to deepen his or her knowledge within a specific research area by writing an individual Master’s thesis (30 or 60 credits (ECTS) project work). Time is also set aside for elective courses, for example in Conservation Biology and Statistics. Teaching activities are diverse and include lectures, exercises, project works, literature studies, seminars and field excursions. In addition to the Department’s teaching personnel, practitioners in the field of fish and wildlife management are involved in the courses at different steps. All courses are given in English and taken one at a time. Admission to the program means that the student is guaranteed a place on all program courses provided that the courses are followed and passed.


Do you want to contribute to the sustainable management of the world’s fish and wildlife resources? The program will prepare you for a career in organizations requiring knowledge about the management and conservation of fish and wildlife populations. Examples of potential employers are local, regional and national government agencies responsible for natural resource management, environmental non-governmental organizations dealing with conservation issues at the national or international level, hunters or fishermen associations, landowner associations, private companies active in natural resource management (e.g. forestry and hydropower companies), and nature tourism enterprises. The program can also be regarded as the first step in a research career, leading to Ph.D. studies and work within universities and research institutes on diverse research topics related to fish and wildlife.


BSc in Biology or in Forest Science (180 HEC) including:

  • 90 HEC in Forest Science with a specialization in Biology
  • 60 HEC in Biology


*good knowledge of English (TOEFL score minimum 550 / Computer score 220 / IELTS score of 6.0) (equals EngB for Swedish Students)

Application period 16 Oct 2019 - 15 jan 2020: All international students
Application period 16 March 2020-15 April 2020: Swedish students and students within EU/EEA

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

ISCED Categories

Project management
Conservation and environmental management