Master of Science in Wildlife Management and Conservation

This is a 2 – year or 4 – semester degree programme that started in 2006 to address emerging and diverse wildlife conservation challenges including those related to legal, institutional, technological, environmental, climate change and socio-economic aspects at national, regional and global levels.

The programme seeks to provide advanced training in wildlife management and conservation; impart graduates with advanced research and entrepreneurial skills required to work in various wildlife and allied sectors.

At DWLM, we provide a flexible academic approach for students pursuing a Master’s degree. We offer two distinct pathways: Masters by Coursework and Masters by Thesis.

In the Masters by Coursework program, students engage in a structured curriculum during the first year where they take course work classes. This includes a series of lectures and interactive classroom sessions designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the field. In the second year, students focus on a research dissertation, applying the knowledge gained during coursework to address specific research topics of conservation or environmental concern.

For those seeking a more research-oriented experience, the Masters by Thesis program is an ideal choice for you. Students in this program immerse themselves in a two-year-long research project. Selecting the right research topic is a crucial decision, and our dedicated team of academics provides invaluable guidance during the admission process. With an emphasis on independent research, this program offers students the opportunity to gain in-depth expertise and make significant contributions to the field of wildlife management and conservation.

Entry Arrangement

The admission regulations for Masters Degrees as stipulated in “Regulations and guidelines for higher degrees” of Sokoine University of Agriculture shall apply. For admission to the Master of Science in Wildlife management and conservation degree of SUA, the candidate shall either hold an honors degree of SUA or any qualification from approved institution of higher learning deemed to be an equivalent to an honors degree of SUA

The following shall be eligible for admission:

  • Holder of BSc. in Wildlife Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) with a minimum of lower second or from other institutions recognised by the SUA Senate.

  • Holder of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from SUA or from other institutions recognised by the SUA Senate. In addition, the candidate shall have scored at least five B grades or their equivalent in the undergraduate BVM Programme.

  • Holder of the BSc. in Forestry, Animal Science and Agriculture General from SUA with a minimum of lower second or from other institutions recognised by the SUA senate.

  • Holder of the BSc. in Zoology, Biology, Wildlife ecology, or Range Management with a minimum of lower second from other institutions recognised by the SUA Senate.

  • Holder of Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management from other institutions recognised by SUA senate.

  • Candidates with pass degree in the relevant field shall be considered for admission if they have exhibited academic potential through extensive field work, subsequent research experience and/or additional training.

International Comparability

The MSc. (WMC) Programme is designed to bring in international experiences as far as wildlife management and poverty alleviation are concerned. It fulfils both national and international standards in providing critical understanding of wildlife management and conservation linkages. The programme is comparable to a number of similar programmes offered in other institutions within and outside Tanzania. Examples of such programmes include: MSc. in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management offered at Oxford University, MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation offered at the University of Reading, UK, Master of Wildlife Management offered at University of Otago, Canada, MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Management offered at the University College of Dublin, MSc. Wildlife Management offered at Newcastle University, and MSc. Wildlife Management in Tropics and Subtropics offered at Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague. In order to ensure international comparability and high standards, reputation and recognition, during all stages of the programme implementation, guidelines and other related international standards will be adhered to, including those of Tanzania Commission for Universities  (TCU).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

The Ph.D. program in Wildlife Management is the highest level of academic attainment within the department. This program is designed to provide in-depth, specialized training for individuals seeking to become experts in the field of wildlife management. The program places a strong emphasis on original research. Ph.D. Students are expected to conduct extensive and innovative research in a specific area of wildlife management, contributing new knowledge to the field.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program are well-prepared for leadership roles in academia, research institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations involved in wildlife management and conservation. Generally, the Ph.D. in Wildlife Management program equips students with the advanced knowledge and research skills needed to address complex challenges in wildlife conservation and management, making significant contributions to the field. Application procedure and mode of application follows the guideline provided by Directorate of Postgraduate studies, Research, Technology Transfer and Consultancy of the Sokoine University of Agriculture .