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Wildlife biology

The Wildlife Biology course supplies students with a solid foundation in ecology and management of Scandinavian wildlife, including species biology, wildlife damage, management strategies (local and national), the organization of Swedish wildlife administration, research and monitoring methods, and insights into ongoing wildlife research. The main focus of the course is on applied issues but theoretical aspects of wildlife ecology are also addressed. Methods used in research and management of Scandinavian wildlife (for example telemetry, monitoring and genetics) are explained and practised in the field and in the laboratory. The use of population modelling, monitoring data, effects of uncertainty etc. in forecasting the effects of management decisions are explained within an adaptive management framework. Students also get the opportunity to attend hunting.

Wildlife Biology is given by the Department of Ecology at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station and includes lectures, exercises, group and individual projects, field practices, excursions, and literature studies. The course is tightly connected to research and important field techniques used at Grimsö, including the Wildlife Damage Centre. Real-world problems are presented at lectures and exercises led by researcher and field technicians at Grimsö, and staff from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the County Board Administrations, the Reindeer Husbandry, and the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management.

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Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

BI0872-10106 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for BI0872

Academic year 2021/2022

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10315)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10290)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10086)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10099)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Academic year 2017/2018

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10151)

2017-08-28 - 2017-10-30

Academic year 2016/2017

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10268)

2016-08-29 - 2016-10-31

Academic year 2015/2016

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10016)

2015-08-31 - 2015-10-30

Academic year 2014/2015

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10169)

2014-09-01 - 2014-11-09

Academic year 2013/2014

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10312)

2013-09-02 - 2013-11-10

Academic year 2012/2013

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10185)

2012-09-03 - 2012-11-11

Academic year 2011/2012

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10034)

2011-08-29 - 2011-11-06

Academic year 2010/2011

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10108)

2010-08-30 - 2010-11-05

Academic year 2009/2010

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10175)

2009-08-31 - 2009-11-04

Academic year 2008/2009

Wildlife biology (BI0872-10116)

2008-08-25 - 2008-10-24

Syllabus and other information


BI0872 Wildlife biology, 15.0 Credits




Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Single module 15.0 0401

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirementsMaster’s level (A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

The equivalent of 120 credits including 90 credits in biology of which 10 credits in ecology.

English B (Swedish secondary school) or equivalent


To supply qualified knowledge on Scandinavian wildlife ecology and management, including research and monitoring methods, species biology, wildlife damage, ecological processes and management strategies. The course focuses on applied ecological aspects related to management, conservation, hunting and land use and acknowledge both ecological theory and practical issues.

After completion of the course, the students should be able to;

- describe the general ecology of Swedish wildlife (large herbivores, small game species with cyclic population dynamics, and medium sized to large carnivores).

- account for management strategies of both hunted and protected species, as well as wildlife damage.

- exemplify and summarize common methods within wildlife research and methods used to obtain input data for the management.

- have a basic understanding how population models and monitoring data can be used in management decisions.

- be familiar with common topics in wildlife biology and know where and how further knowledge could be found, e.g. from the scientific and management literature.

- summarize and assess the varying kind of knowledge (ecological, sociological, economic etc.) needed to develop management plans.


The course consists of lectures, exercises, group and individual projects, educational visits and excursions. The first part of the course concerns methods used in wildlife research and management, that are demonstrated and practiced in the field. The second part of the course is a survey of Swedish wildlife species and their ecology, natural dynamics and regulation, and habitat utilization etc. The third part of the course deals with management scenarios and real-world problems, land use, wildlife damage, wildlife research, administration and laws concerning Swedish wildlife management and conservation.

The project topics are chosen within the subject areas of the course to enable the students to broaden their knowledge. The group projects include field studies.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examinations, written reports and oral presentations of the projects If a student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.

If a student has been granted targeted study support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative form of assessment.

If this course is discontinued, SLU will decide on transitional provisions for the examination of students admitted under this syllabus who have not yet been awarded a Pass grade.

For the assessment an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after  the deadline for submission.  For more information, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course instance which the student has been admitted to and registered on.

If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information, please refer to the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Ekologi

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI0872 Application code: SLU-10106 Location: Grimsö Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%