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Conservation and Management of Fish and Wildlife MSc with a major in Biology

Would you like to contribute to the sustainable conservation and management of the world’s fish and wildlife resources? Then this is the Master's programme for you.


Welcome to a unique programme that covers interactions between fish, wildlife and humans. To be able to preserve biodiversity, we need more knowledge about ecology and ways of conducting animal inventories and measuring biodiversity. By combining both theory and practical methods, this Master’s programme provides you with an extensive knowledge of ecology, management and conservation of fish and wildlife, as well as knowledge of local and international laws and conventions. 

With a Master’s degree majoring in biology, you will be prepared for a career in governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as being able to continue your studies towards a PhD. The lectures are held by world-leading researchers and the programme attracts a mixture of both Swedish and international students.  

After graduation, your specialist knowledge will make you an attractive employee in the animal and nature management sector, as well as in the field of conservation. You will also be well-prepared for a career in research.


Tuition fees: Citizen of a countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees.
First semester: SEK 67 800 
Total: SEK 271 000

Level: Master
Language: English
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Next start: Autumn semester 2022

Study location: Umeå
Pace of study: Full-time
Teaching form: Normal teaching

Application deadline for international students: 2022/01/17
Application deadline for Swedish students: 2022/04/19

Application code for international students: 81063
Application code for Swedish students: 81010

Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 cr) with a major in Biology.

Requirements: General entry requirements: A Bachelor´s degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.

Specific entry requirements for the master program Management of fish and wildlife populations:

- 60 credits in Biology including at least 15 credits in ecology, or
- 60 credits in Forest Sciences including at least 15 credits in ecology, or
- 60 credits in Environmental Sciences including at least 15 credits in ecology, or
- 60 credits in Natural Resource Management including at least 15 credits in ecology


English 6 from Swedish upper secondary school or equivalent.


There are two admission rounds for this Master's programme. The first admission round is open to all international applicants at www.universityadmissions.se. The last date to apply is 17 January 2022. SLU strongly encourage all international students to apply in this first admission round.


The programme 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 programme targets both Swedish and international students. It is offered by the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, where approximately 60 researchers and PhD students actively conduct research in the fields of fish and wildlife management, human dimensions, and biological conservation. 

Want to know more?

Please send an e-mail to the program director John Ball. You can reach him at: john.ball@slu.se

Please include your number in the mail if you want him to phone you up for a friendly chat about the program and how it is to be a student in Umeå!


Some of our students have gone on to PhD studies - our very active and international research provides many possibilities, all the way up to launching a career in fish and wildlife research.

Other students have gone on to active roles in today’s fish and wildlife management, finding careers in local, regional and national governmental agencies responsible for natural resource management, environmental non-governmental organisations dealing with conservation issues at the national or international level, associations of hunters or fishermen, landowner associations, private companies active in natural resource management (e.g. forestry and hydropower companies), and nature tourism enterprises.

Qualification Awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 cr) with a major in biology.

Become a Master of Nature

Our Master's Programme is given at SLU's Faculty of Forest Sciences, world leading in forest research.
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