Informatie over minors
Wildlife ManagementMinor
Study Unit Code  
Study Unit Name Dutch Minor Wildlife Management
Study Unit Name
Minor Wildlife Management
Department Animal Management
DM1       Managing an animal population in a quality-oriented way (level 3)
DM3      Working in an interdisciplinary and systematic way on (international) projects and                (business) processes (level 3)
DM5       Setting up and carrying out applied research (level 3)
Learning Outcomes
The student
is able to apply ecology principles of life history strategies, population dynamics,  ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation with its (inter-)national law and legislation;
       practises skills needed for advisory duties (doing desk and field research, writing an advisory report)
  • 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
    • the international management and organisations;
    • 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.
This minor prepares students to manage animal populations in situ (in their natural habitat) and ex situ (in breeding centres and zoos), for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. It also prepares them to develop and implement nature-management plans, often in an international and interdisciplinary setting.  An important aspect of this type of management is the trade-off between interests of people and of nature, as well as the changing attitudes worldwide towards nature and wildlife.
As such, Wildlife Managers act as intermediaries. Apart from sound knowledge of and insight into biological and specifically ecological principles and research methodologies, this requires skills and knowledge with regard to socio-economic aspects of conservation.
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. Students also need a practical understanding of human psychology and society. The major is set up in such a manner to address all these topics and equip student with the necessary tools.

For a full description of the major modules see the Education and Examination Regulations 2021-2022.
Major Study Units
  1. LDM3W1VE1              The Ecological Consultant                                             7 credits
  2. LDM3W2VE                Wildlife Research                                                                          7 credits
  3. LDM3W3VE                Regional Biodiversity Management                             7 credits
  4. LDM3W4VE                International Species Conservation                              7 credits
  5. LDM3X0VE                  Supplementary Assignment                                           2 credits
Added Value  
Teaching methods and student workload
Lectures on ecology, biodiversity, law & legislation                                                              84 hours
Learning task                                                                                                                             56 hours
(Inter)national nature legislation                                                                                             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
Rating scale Grade, 1-10 ( interval 0.1, passing norm 5.5)
Exam                                                  individual grade, weighting factor 3, passing norm 5.5
Learning task                                     group grade, weighting factor 2, passing norm pass
Legislation                                          individual grade, 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
Mandatory literature Materials will be published on Moodlerooms in due course
Minorcoordinator To be communicated in due course. Each study unit has its own coordinator.
Contactperson for information
Language ☐ English
Credits 30
Mode of education Fulltime
Periods ☐  Periods 1 and 2
Start enrolment period  
End enrolment period  
Compulsory contact hours 20 hours a week
Entry requirements VHL-students Animal Management students: passed for propaedeutic year, attended all second year modules and passed at least 2 of them, attended all major modules. It is advised to also have followed both the orientation internship and major internship.
Animal Management students following this major as a minor, do so in period 1 and 2 of their fourth year (and will then do their major internship in period 3 and 4 of year 3 – so you switch the minor and internship periods).

Other VHL students (of related studies): at least two-and-a-half years of study, 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.
Entry requirements external students 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.
Documents to be submitted for entry requirements
  • Description of subjects/modules attended in previous study (e.g. module guides)
  • Motivational letter
Capacity 60
If the capacity is exceeded, Wildlife Management Major students get preference over other students.
Contactpersoon CM van der Weyde (tel: 0582846152, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Minor Wildlife Management 2021