At the core of WM is a focus on animals as part of their ecosystem. This minor prepares students to deal with in-situ (in their natural habitat) and ex-situ (in breeding centres and zoos) animal populations, and to develop and implement nature-management plans, often in an international and intercultural setting. This requires a broad mix of skills – in ecology, population biology and nature conservation, as well as management, research and organisation techniques, GIS, and project management. They also need a practical understanding of human psychology and society.
For a full description of the major modules see the Education and Examination Regulations 2018-2019
• gets insight in ecology principles like species, populations, ecosystems, biodiversity and in conservation with its (inter-)national law and legislation;
• practises skills needed for advisory duties (doing desk and field research, writing an advisory report)
• practises research methodological skills (conceptual model, data preparation and analysis, scientific poster)
• can apply knowledge on ecology, research methodology and legislation to assess situations in which ecology and society conflict
• can execute the wildlife research cycle to determine nature values and the effects of management on nature values, i.e.: writing scientific proposal, field data collection, scientific reporting
• learns how to execute an integrated analysis of a landscape unit from a species point of view.
• learns how to write an integrated biodiversity management plan for a region.
• has knowledge and an overview of:
o the international management and organisations;
o the regulations and legislation;
concerning international species conservation;
• is able to incorporate the species’ population genetics, ecology, and taxonomy as well as human socio-economic factors and attitudes towards conservation of species into international species conservation management.
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 8 June 2019).
Two-and-a-half years of study in a related (e.g. animal-, biology-, ecology-, or environmental sciences-oriented) programme at a BSc level; i.e. you should have followed your own study programme’s major before attending this minor.
Depending on your study background and motivational letter, you may be asked for additional information, e.g. in an intake interview with representatives of this minor. Their advice is binding.
Provide documents for entry requirements:
• Description of subjects/modules attended in previous study (e.g. module guides)
• Motivational letter
Exam individual grade, weighting factor 3, passing norm 5.5
Learning tasks group grade, weighting factor 2, passing norm pass
Research methodology pairs, pass/fail, weighting factor 2, passing norm pass
WM techniques individual pass/fail, weighting factor 1, passing norm pass
Research article group grade, weighting factor 4, passing norm 5.5
Exam individual grade, weighting factor 2, passing norm 5.5
Theory lectures exam individual grade, weighting factor 2, passing norm 5.5
Analysis landscape unit group pass/fail, weighting factor 2, passing norm pass
Biodiversity management plan group grade, weighting factor 3, passing norm 5.5
Exam genetics individual grade, weighting factor 3, passing norm 5.5
Exam conservation individual grade, weighting factor 2, passing norm 5.5
Conservation workshops individual pass/fail, weighting factor 2, passing norm pass
Task depends on student’s background individual pass/fail, weighting factor 2, passing norm pass
Materials will be published on Blackboard in due course.
Lectures on ecology, biodiversity, law & legislation 84 hours
Learning tasks 56 hours
Exercises and (computer) practicals 56 hours
Lectures and (computer) practical 21 hours
Cases 14 hours
Practical 12 hours
Tutor 9 hours
Field week 40 hours
Exam 2 hours
Pilot study 9 hours
Self-study 89 hours
Theory lectures and (computer) practical 60 hours
Analysis landscape unit, Biodiversity management plan, self-study 136 hours
Lectures on conservation biology, genetic management & international zoo practices 85 hours
Workshops + preparation 64 hours
Exams: population genetics and conservation biology 4 hours
Self-study 70 hours
Supplementary assignment, content depending on student background 56 hours
Please note that this minor includes a compulsory field week and excursions, for which the total extra costs to be paid by the student will be approx. 180 euro