Handbook Public View

This page displays current curriculum information. For staff view, please login

Course (2016)

Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2016 academic year.

Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth)


  • Course Outline
  • Course Structure
  • Fees
  • Course Plans
Title Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth)
Course Code M1232
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Bethany Jackson | Email: B.Jackson@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 7418

Qualification Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth)
Duration 2 semesters full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal) (subject to approval of Academic Chair)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation aims to provide graduates of biology, ecology, and environmental science with applied training in veterinary aspects of wildlife health that can be incorporated into conservation and global health programs, including practical and theoretical research skills required to work in this arena such as Disease Risk Analysis, disease surveillance methods and techniques, and pathology of wildlife. A primary focus of the program is to develop an understanding of where wildlife health sits in the broader field of One Health (the intersection of human, animal and environmental health), so that graduates can confidently apply their knowledge to work in the transdisciplinary environment that is required for contemporary conservation research.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Completion of an AQF Level 8 qualification, in the biological, ecological, environmental or animal sciences, e.g. Honours,Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. Students with a Bachelor's degree in the biological, ecological, environmental or animal sciences with at least two years of relevant work experience are also eligible for admission as determined by the Academic Chair.

English competence. Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0, or equivalent proficiency test. Students that undertake English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will still be required to sit a proficiency test.
Special Requirements Internet access is required for all students.
Employment Prospects This course will provide graduates with a broad range of career opportunities delivering expertise in wildlife health and disease as it applies to conservation outcomes. These include organisations involved in species conservation/recovery and translocation/reintroduction programs, such as conservation NGOs, government conservation/wildlife departments, zoos, and other not-for-profit wildlife agencies.
Main research areas Epidemiology and disease ecology, conservation biology, wildlife health and pathology.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 15 credit points

VET603 One Health for Biodiversity Conservation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

VLS683 Advanced Research Methods for Scientists - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

VET604 Principles of Wildlife Health - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

VET605 Principles of Wildlife Comparative Pathology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

VET606 Principles of Wildlife Epidemiology and Disease Risk Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 9 credit points

Select from the following:

VET653 Wildlife Health and Conservation Dissertation - 9 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, Y-internal, Y-external

VET654 Wildlife Health and Conservation Project - 9 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, Y-internal, Y-external

VET654-03 Wildlife Health and Conservation Project - 3 points
Murdoch: H-internal, H-external, Y-internal, Y-external

No course plans are available for this course in 2016.

To check other years, go to the Course Plans site.

Fee Calculator
Handbook help
Information for Students


The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course, major, minor or unit if the number of students enrolled falls below limits set by the University.

Regulations and Rules

Students should ensure they are familiar with the University's internal legislation, including provisions specifically relevant to their studies. See the University Regulation overview and view legislation online.