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Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth)

  • M1232MASTER OF WILDLIFE HEALTH AND CONSERVATION

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Title Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth)
Course Code M1232
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
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 relevant work experience are also eligible for admission as determined by the Academic Chair.

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 Engiish for Academic Purposes (EAP) will still be required to sit a proficiency test.
Special Requirements Internet access is required for all students.
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge
CLLO1 - Describe the legislative, ethical, technical, biosecurity and sampling requirements for conducting wildlife health studies, in a species-specific manner.
Skills
CLLO2 - Conduct species-specific necropsy examinations with attention to best practice protocols including sample collection and storage, data recording, and biosecurity principles.
CLLO3 - Plan interdisciplinary wildlife health and conservation activities that incorporate human, animal and environmental perspectives (One Health framework).
CLLO4 - Design and analyse wildlife health/disease studies based on sound epidemiological principles.
Application
CLLO5 - Communicate knowledge of wildlife health to a range ofstakeholders using written and oral presentation skills, critical thinking, and appropriate language for the audience.
CLLO6 - Apply key theories from disease ecology to draw appropriate conclusions on the relevance of wildlife disease for population-scale conservation .
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 - 12 credit points

VET603 One Health: Wildlife Perspectives - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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

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

VET606 Wildlife Epidemiology and Disease Risk Analysis - 3 points
Not available this year

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

Select from the following:

VLS683 Advanced Research Methods for Scientists - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1S-internal, S1S-external, S2N3-internal, S2N3-external

VET6531 Wildlife Health and Conservation Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

VET654 Wildlife Health and Conservation Project - 9 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

VET654-06 Wildlife Health and Conservation Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

VET654-03 Wildlife Health and Conservation Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BIO606 Aquatic Biosecurity - 3 points
Not available this year

BIO639 Global Biosecurity - 3 points

BIO681 Challenges in Food Security - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV616 Environmental Policy for the 21st Century - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 40 places), S1-external (quota of 10 places)

ENV680 Climate Change Adaptation: Ecosystems and Societies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

VET655 One Health Management and Leadership - 3 points
Not available this year

VET656 Public Health and Epidemiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SWM628 Development and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: WSP3-internal

SWM646 Parliamentary Democracy - 3 points
Not available this year

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