Informatie over minors
International Wildlife ManagementMinor
Study Unit Code  
Study Unit Name Dutch International Wildlife Management
Study Unit Name
International Wildlife Management
Department Animal Management
DM3      Designing of future-proof products for specific target groups (T)
DM5      Setting up and carrying out applied research (level 3) (T)
O = Offering T = Testing
Learning Outcomes
By participating in this minor, the student will be able to:
  • contribute independently to management of wildlife & biodiversity in landscapes through applied research on real-life 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.
Wildlife ecology & international biodiversity management are the central themes of this minor.
The minor will start with +/- 2 months advanced education, consisting of lectures, workshops and a considerable amount of tailor made blocks for self-study and preparation of your research proposal and student lecture. There will be advanced education in wildlife ecology and wildlife techniques such as telemetry, automated observation techniques, camera traps, and use of GPS. We will pay considerable attention to landscape ecology and analysis. Of course, socio-economic integration & governance for wildlife & biodiversity management as well as international policies for conservation of biodiversity are included. We will be presenting/using tools such as the use of drones, remote sensing and other field data collection techniques.

This will be followed by +/- 2 months applied (field and desktop) research by you, commissioned by a VHL professor as part of a real-life research project.
We will have an international field study trip to Poland to 1) experience cross-cultural wildlife management approaches and 2) immerse ourselves into two ecosystems that can serve as reference ecosystem for north-western Europe.
At the end of the minor the research results will be disseminated during a symposium, which will be organised and executed by the students themselves in cooperation with the lectureships and other stakeholders.

This minor will ensure you
  • get insight in principles of ecology like species, populations, ecosystems, biodiversity, and in conservation with its (inter-)national law and legislation
  • practice skills needed for advisory duties, doing desk and field research, writing a (n advisory) report and for doing research (conceptual model, data preparation and analysis, statistics)
  • can use this knowledge and these skills in 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
  • have knowledge and an overview of:
    • the international management and organisations
    • the regulation and legislation concerning international species conservation
  • are 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.

The international study trip is to be financed by the students themselves. The student’s contribution is approximately €650,- but dependent on current rates for transport / food / accommodation etc.
On top of that, there will be costs for the recommended vaccinations (costs dependent on your vaccination history; we highly recommend FSME; you can also consider vaccinations against rabies and Hepatitis A )

Target group All students with a sound background in ecology comparable to the HVHL major Wildlife Management, and with an interest in applied research (field or desktop) for real-life issues on wildlife management and biodiversity conservation.
Added Value This minor will present students with a good overview of current issues on policies in international wildlife management and biodiversity conservation. Students are commissioned by an HVHL professor on a real life applied researchproject, with subjects as carrying out biodiversity assessments, monitoring populations, studying animal behaviour and more.
Within this well-guided project, students will work in a professional manner, using peer review, (guest) lectures, practicals and self-study to test their (own) field data collection methods and to undertake their own research. The project provides ample opportunity for students to include their own ideas and contributions to meet the requirements of the commissioner.
Students will be well prepared for their graduation thesis, having gone through the process of setting up, carrying out and presenting applied research during this course.
Teaching methods and student workload
Study load  840 hours:
  • Lectures                                     200 hours 
  • Design research                         100 hours
  • Execute research project         320 hours
  • Report writing                           100 hours
  • Knowledge dissemination       040 hours
  • Field trip                                     080 hours
Rating scale 1-10 ( int 0,1, passing norm 5,5)
  • Own student lecture, participation in exercises,lectures and field work: (individual) pass/fail (passing norm = pass) – weighting factor 6
  • Research proposal: (group) pass/fail (passing norm = pass) – weighting factor 4
  • Story map international field trip: (group) pass/fail (passing norm = pass) – weighting factor 4
  • Professional written product: (group) grade (passing norm = 5.5) – weighting factor 14
  • Formal presentation of results: (individual) grade (passing norm = 5.5) – weighting factor 2
Mandatory literature Mandatory:
  • The manual for the Poland expedition. This can be purchased at the VHL bookshop, number 05011. Costs approximately 10 Euro. We will also make the manual available online.
  • The “Crossbill guide North-east Poland, Biebrza and Białowieża, Narew and Wigry” by Hilbers and Ten Cate, to be purchased e.g. through the website of the KNNV:
  • If you have not followed the regular Wildlife Management major lectures and would like an intro into this topic: “An introduction to Conservation Biology” by Primack and Sher (or it’s follow up, Sher & Primack) is a good book to start with.
  • Useful background reading (but not compulsory) is the book by Rafael Mateo Beatriz Arroyo Jesus T. Garcia (Eds.) (2016) “ Current Trends in Wildlife Research”. Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

All other materials to study will be available digitally, either through the internet or using Moodlerooms.
Minorcoordinator Marjolein van Dieren (
Contactperson for information Marjolein van Dieren (
Language English
Credits 30
Mode of education Full-time
Periods  Period 3 and 4
Start enrolment period  
End enrolment period  
Compulsory contact hours In period 3: 20 contact hours per week
In period 4: 4 contact hours per week
During International field trip: 40 contact hours per week
Entry requirements VHL-students Students must have followed the major Wildlife Management or have accomplished comparable trajectories with sufficient ecological knowledge such as the first 2½ years of International Coastal Zone Management, Forest & Nature Conservation, Environmental Sciences. The study unit coordinator may require an entry exam.
Entry requirements external students Sufficient ecological knowledge, obtained by a study Wildlife Management, Environmental Sciences, Forest & Nature Conservation, Coastal Zone Management or comparable. The study unit coordinator may require an entry interview and/or and entry exam.
Documents to be submitted for entry requirements Formal proof of the modules/subjects followed and a list of marks. 
Capacity Max. = 40  students
Contactpersoon M van Dieren (tel: 0582846319, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Minor International Wildlife Management 2021