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Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations

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!
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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.  

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Program code: SM003
Name: Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master's Programme
Next start: autumn semester 2021
Study location: Umeå
Programme scope: 2 year, 120 credits
Level: Masternivå
Pace of study: Helfart
Teaching form: Campus
Language: Engelska
Number of admission places: 30
Application deadline: 4/15/2021
Application code: 81010
Selection: For information visit:
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (120 cr) with a major in Biology.
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.

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:

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.
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