Royal Veterinary College University of London
Wild Animal Biology MSc (PG)
Royal Veterinary College University of London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The RVC, University of London, together with the Zoological Society of London, has developed a unique course aimed at non-veterinary biological science graduates and leading to the MSc in Wild Animal Biology.

The course will provide you with practical exposure to wild animal species and an understanding of wild animal health, welfare and conservation, as well as providing training in research methods relevant to the study of wildlife.

You will benefit from working and studying alongside veterinary graduates taking the MSc in Wild Animal Health as well as learning from internationally renowned experts in their field.

Graduates of the MSc Wild Animal Biology have gone on to pursue successful careers in wildlife management (with government agencies in both developing and developed countries), wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife-related research (at universities and zoological collections) and zoo management. Some Wild Animal Biology MSc graduates continue to study towards a PhD with either the ZSL or RVC, or with other leading scientific research institutes.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

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Applicants must have (or expect to receive) a UK university first or second class honours degree or international equivalent. Preference is given to candidates with (or on track to achieve) first or upper second class honours, but applications are encouraged from candidates with lower second class honours and relevant experience. Applicants who meet the academic criteria will be assessed based on their personal statement. Personal statements are assessed on commitment to work in research and conservation of captive and free-living animals and make a difference in global conservation outcomes through sustaining healthy captive and free-living wild animal populations. Evidence of an applicant’s commitment will be assessed on, but not restricted to, work experience (including voluntary), leadership roles, research, courses attended, internships, conferences and memberships. Please contact our Admissions Office if you are unsure whether your degree is equivalent to a UK first or second class honours degree.


Tuition Fees Wild Animal Biology MSc (PG)

Ireland £13040
EU £25800
England UK £13040
Northern Ireland £13040
Scotland £13040
Wales £13040
International £25800

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Royal Veterinary College University of London

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the largest school dedicated to the education of vets in the United Kingdom, as well as one of the largest in the world. Due to the well established reputation of the college, aspiring animal care professionals come from abroad to have the opportunity to learn from the experienced team of tutors working here. The college manages the London BioScience Innovation Centre, giving students the opportunity to potentially work as research scientists.

Where is this programme taught

Camden Campus
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