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Wildlife Management & Conservation MSc

Szent István University
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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MSc Programme in Wildlife Conservation and Management

Szent Istvan University and the CIC Launch New Master Degree Program

Breaking new ground, Szent István University and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) have together initiated a new Masters degree program (MSc), which offers students English language instruction in the area of hunting and wildlife science.


Szent István University was established in 2000 by the merger of four institutions: the University of Agricultural Sciences of Gödöllő; the University of Veterinary Sciences of Budapest; the Ybl Miklós Technical College of Budapest and the Teacher Training College of Jászberény. The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES), situated on the Gödöllő Campus, was a part of the former Gödöllő University of Agricultural Sciences, and has a history dating back more than 80 years. The FAES and the central offices of the University are located in the town of Gödöllő, only 30 km to the East of Budapest. It is easy to reach by rail, suburban train, bus, or car.


The continuing coexistence of human society and wildlife species requires a well balanced compromise between the needs of modern society and the conditions for wild species to survive and propagate.

The evolution of wildlife conservation and management over the past 50 years is a fascinating story of how humans relate to the environment and the use of natural resources. Changes in human societies, new agricultural technologies and industrial developments have resulted in habitat losses, resource overuse and the global crisis from the loss of biodiversity.

The transformation of the former field of game management and recreational hunting to the modern science of wildlife conservation and management started at least half a century ago. Although the wildlife profession remains strongly rooted in game management, the field has expanded to non-game species, threatened or endangered species and pests or invasive species. Depending on the situation, wildlife management can mean conservation of declining populations or control of over-abundant populations. The new generation of wildlife professionals need a sound knowledge of ecological principles and applications, the ability to use traditional methods and innovative technologies, and an understanding of the interactions between wildlife and our society.


The MSc Programme in Wildlife Conservation and Management focuses on the traditional knowledge, recent developments and new challenges of applied ecology and wildlife science. It integrates theoretical principles, practical developments, aspects of the human dimension of wildlife management, and quantitative methods to educate professionals for coping with the challenges of the 21st century.


During the autumn of 2008, a new MSc Programme in Wildlife Conservation and Management will to be initiated.

Prerequisites: BSc or equivalent graduate degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Plant Production, or Animal Science (or equivalent in Veterinary Science), Biology, Ecology, Nature Conservation, or Management of Natural Resource is required. Applicants should have basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics. In addition, applicants must show competence in both written and spoken English.

Courses: Communication for Wildlife Professionals, Ethology and Behavioural Ecology, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Introduction to Biomathematics, Agricultural Strategies, International Wildlife, Geoinformatics in Wildlife Management, Conserving Forest Biodiversity, Environmental Physiology, Integrated Wildlife and Habitat Management, Game Hygiene and Processing, Wildlife Research Methodology, Product Marketing, Urban Wildlife Management, Feeding Ecology of Large Herbivores, Carnivores Ecology and Management, Game Damages and Damage Estimation, Genetics in Wildlife Management, Fundamentals of Forest Protection, Wildlife Population Ecology, and Wildlife Nutrition.

The MSc Programme requires a research thesis and consists of four semesters. The total number of credits required is 120. Thesis topics may be proposed by the students, but must relate to current wildlife management themes. Candidates should be ready to defend their completed thesis by the end of the 4th semester.

The programme covers a variety of aspects of the conservation and management of wildlife, as well as international laws and conventions concerning wildlife. It includes a field trip, an individual research project, and time for practical experience in a research or management organization. Most of the courses are taught by professors of the Institute for Wildlife Conservation, invited specialists on particular subjects, or experts with real-life knowledge and experiences. Students are obliged to take exams in both their compulsory and elective subjects.

The education will prepare the student for a career in national or international organizations where good knowledge regarding the conservation and management of wildlife is important. The programme can also be regarded as a first step into a research career. Because of its basis on contemporary theory and practice, it provides a conceptual foundation for those aspiring for top-level positions and career opportunities. PhD studies in wildlife sciences are also available in the Animal Sciences at the University.

Degree awarded: MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Management

Deadline for application: 02th May 2012
Semester Start: September 2012
Language: All courses will be taught in English



Our institute is fully residential and has exclusive dormitory facilities providing excellent accommodation to all students. There are single and double rooms with attached bathrooms and kitchens. All the rooms are furnished including a study table, chair and cupboard/shelf. There are common areas for socialising and a laundromat for student use. The dormitory has a full service Post Office. There is a grocery store on the campus.

Students should apply for housing at the same time they apply for the programme.

Single occupancy - € 200/student/month
Double occupancy - € 180/student/month


The cafeteria offers a wide selection of nutritious and tasty meals, served in a relaxing atmosphere. There is a choice of non-vegetarian and vegetarian food. Our meals are priced to accommodate a student's tight budget.

Social & cultural activities

Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of social and recreational activities that are organized throughout the year. Various academic societies and cultural clubs on the campus help to promote the overall social development of students.


The University devotes considerable effort and resources to the development of an outstanding library collection to meet the expanding needs of teaching and research. The Central University Library has more than 500,000 volumes which include text books, reference books and research material. There are also smaller libraries with subject-oriented publications in the individual departments.


Each student must provide his/her own health insurance. Health insurance can be obtained from various insurance companies. The Dean's Office of the Faculty helps in arranging health insurance through a governmental Health Insurance Office. However in many cases, it is advisable to have additional or extra health insurance, as the costs for medical treatment in Hungary vary between state and private sectors, and in some cases costs might not be covered in full. It is also advisable to obtain separate insurance for flights home in the case of serious illness, as insurance companies rarely cover these costs.


The MSc Programme tuition fees cover education, research, organised field trips, and study tours.

Registration fee - € 45/student
The tuition fee - € 1400/student/semester
Student card fee - € 10 Euro/student
Additional costs (books, accommodation, board etc.)tudent - € 500/month approximately

Other expenses include accommodations listed above (estimated at € 200-400 per month) and health insurance (approx. € 40/month).

Successful candidates will be admitted after the first semester's tuition fee is paid, all the required documents are received (see below) and the minimum number of students (10) have registered for the course.


How to apply

Students interested in our MSc Programme need to complete an Application Form and a Learning Agreement to be considered for admission to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Documents are available at the section of our Educational Office or can be downloaded from the FAES website.

The Application Form and all the necessary documents (Final Diploma or its Certified Copy, Result in English Language Test or its Certified Copy, Scientific activities and results, Curriculum Vitae, References, Certification of Bank Transfer of Application Fee, Medical Certificate, Learning Agreement) must be sent to the address below. Documents may be emailed if the forms have been scanned. An application will be considered only after all of the requested documents have been received. Accepted students will receive an admission letter with all necessary information for the next steps.

Educational Office for MSc Admission

Szent István University,
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
H-2103 GÖDÖLLŐ, Páter K. sreet 1, Hungary
Fax: +3628-420-189
Institute for Wildlife Conservation

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