Management of fish and wildlife populations

Published: 16 March 2020

Do you want to contribute to the sustainable management of the world’s fish and wildlife resources? The programme will prepare you for a career in the many governmental and non-governmental organisations involved!

What importance do fish and wildlife have on the community? How can we handle fish and wildlife populations in a sustainable way?

By combining both theory and practical methods, this programme provide students with a good knowledge in ecology, management and conservation of fish and wildlife, as well as knowledge of the laws and conventions both in Sweden and abroad.

The programme includes both mandatory courses, a thesis and elective courses.

UN's sustainable development goals in the education

SLU's educations creates knowledge which contributes to the goals for sustainable development, both in Sweden and internationally. 


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. 

Become a Master of Nature

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


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.

Want to know more?

Please send an e-mail to the program director John Ball. You can reach him at:

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.


Programme scope: 2 years, 120 credits

Next start: Umeå, 31 August 2020
Number of admission places: 30

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

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens:
First instalment: 67 800 SEK 
Total programme: 271 000 SEK

All applications are made through the Swedish online application service at Find out how to apply and more about the application and admissions process (on our website).


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