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International Wildlife Management

Wildlife Ecology & Biodiversity Management in the international context.

Frame work:

·         + 2 months advanced education, consisting of traditional lectures, workshops and a considerable amount of tailor made blocks for self-study.
·         + 2 months applied (desktop) research commissioned by a VHL Lector.
·         International field study trip to experience cross-cultural wildlife management approaches.
·         At the end of the minor the research results will be disseminated during a symposium, which will be organized and executed by the students themselves in cooperation with the lectureships and other stakeholders.
·         Advanced education in:

°          Wildlife ecology.
°          Wildlife techniques, e.g. telemetry, automated observation techniques, camera traps, GPS;
°          Landscape ecology and analysis.
°          Socio economic integration & governance for wildlife & biodiversity management.
°          International policies for conservation of biodiversity.

·        Tools such as

°          GIS, e.g. use of drones, remote sensing.
°          Management Tools.
°          Project management.
°          Applied research design & management

TAKE NOTICE: The international study trip is to be financed by the students themselves. At the time of writing the financial consequences are not clear yet but in 2017 students contributed €650. A more realistic estimation of the student contribution to this excursion will be made ASAP. We are happy to keep you posted in case you are interested in this minor.


By participating in this minor, the student will be able to:
• contribute independently to the management of wildlife  & biodiversity in landscapes through applied research on real-life applied topics;
• design and execute applied research;
• use ecological field data collection techniques as part of the management policy of a nature unit;
• report and present the findings in a formal setting.
The student will also gain insight in solving international biodiversity issues.

Aanvullende informatie

In case of a low number of applications for the minor, the minor may not be offered. After closing the registration period, you will be informed as soon as possible (no later than 21 December 2018).


Students must have accomplished trajectories comparable to the Wildlife Management major with sufficient ecological knowledge such as the first 2½ years of International Coastal Zone Management, Forest & Nature Conservation, Environmental Sciences. The study unit coordinator will require an intake interview, possibly entry exam.


Individual Portfolio, pass/fail, based on:
• General and topic- specific exercises:  pass/fail – weighting factor 6 – passing norm pass
• Research proposal: pass/fail – weighting factor 4 – passing norm pass
• Story map international field trip:  pass/fail – weighting factor 4 – passing norm pass
Professional written product – group grade– weighting factor 14 – passing norm 5.5
Formal presentation of results  – individual grade– weighting factor 2 – passing norm 5.5

Rating scale: 1-10 ( int 0,1, passing norm 5,5)


At the moment this minor description has been written, no information on literature to be used is known yet. It will be communicated in due course.


Study load  840 hours (terms 3 and 4):
• Lectures - 200 hours 
• Design research - 100 hours
• Execute research project - 320 hours
• Report writing - 100 hours
• Knowledge dissemination - 40 hours
• Field trip - 80 hours