FdSc Game and Wildlife Management

Full Time: £5950 per year *
Part Time: £2750 per year *

* Fees accurate at time of publishing

Duration: 2 years full-Time or 3-4 years, part-time
Location: Lackham

This programme is about the sustainable management of game and wildlife, focussing on UK populations of deer, wild boar, game birds and wildfowl before widening in scope to consider large game management and sports fishery management around the world. The science of game and wildlife management considers how these populations and their habitats should be managed to ensure their survival, to balance their needs against the needs of agriculture and forestry, to sustainably harvest them for meat and profit and to mitigate their impact on other species of conservation value. Harmonising these often conflicting demands is a complex task and one for which this course aims to prepare you. Elements of population ecology, behavioural ecology, anatomy and physiology, field surveying and habitat management all form a part of this diverse and fascinating discipline.

The course is based at the Lackham Campus, set in the heart of a working rural estate. Our commercial farm, driven pheasant shoot, park deer herd, wild roe and muntjac and a syndicate coarse fishery are all fully embedded into the programme providing a wealth of employable and industry-relevant skills. The estate is home to a diverse range of habitats including semi natural ancient woodland, wet woodland, wet grassland, extensive farmland, ornamental gardens and more than five kilometres of river systems. The estate is managed to maximise its wildlife and sporting potential as well as food production. We also have a variety of nature reserves, game management sites, National Trust properties and designated areas such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty within easy reach of the site. Every unit you undertake will make full use of this wealth of resources, combining class-based activities with practical outdoor activities.

Your Experience

In your first year your focus will be on game management in the UK. In your modules on Large Game Management and Small Game Management you will study the population dynamics and behaviour of our deer, boar, goat, game birds and wildfowl and analyse their management. You will study the law and legislation that underpins good management, investigate the anatomy and nutritional requirements of game animals and undertake ecological studies in the field. All of this knowledge will provide you with a firm grounding in wildlife management as a science and a practice.

Your second year will allow you to apply this knowledge of ecology and game management strategies to rural development issues around the world. In your International Game Management module you will consider the sustainability and ethics of hunting practices around the world, whilst in Game Management Planning you will write management plans for local estates considering how they might maximise their potential as game enterprises. You will also have the opportunity to study sports fishery management and its impact on the environment, consider how the latest in surveying technology can contribute to more effective habitat and species management and evaluate how best to educate the public on the benefits of effective game and wildlife management.

During the summer break between the first and second year, you will organise and undertake a work placement with an organisation involved in countryside or environmental work of your choice. This placement will contribute to the course assessment. In the second year, you will also undertake an individual Research Project that allows you to tailor the programme to your interests. The course also includes the option of a residential study tour to a site of game management interest in one of the more remote parts of the UK. In addition you will have access to the international tours arranged within the programme area. Most recently these have taken students to Hungary, Sweden and South Africa.

This course is delivered at our Lackham campus.

The FDSc Programme Specification is available at this link.

Validated by:

The Royal Agricultural University