Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Conservation


Goal of the Programme
The overall goal of this program is to develop human resource capacity in wildlife conservation and management for Kenya and the Region.

Expected Learning Outcomes
At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:
1. Use scientific tools, technologies, principles, theories, and models in wildlife biology to advise in all matters of wildlife management, conservation and environmental protection.
2. Apply skills and techniques in survival techniques for survival in the wild.
3. Operate wildlife enterprises to promote the wildlife industry and entrepreneurship.
4. Conduct quality research, consultancies, and extension services.
5. Apply laws and policies in the conservation, management, and utilization of wildlife for sustainable development.
6. Apply acquired skills in managing human, financial and capital resources to execute conventional approaches to wildlife management and conservation.
7. Utilize knowledge and skills acquired in a wide range of careers to solve current and emerging challenges in conservation and management of wildlife and pursue postgraduate studies in wildlife management and conservation.

Duration and Structure

The degree program shall consist of four academic years. Years 1 to 4 of study shall comprise of two Semesters of 15 weeks each.
At the end of the degree program, candidates shall be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation.

Minimum Admission Requirements
Candidates eligible for admission to the above degree programs will be required to be holders of either of the following qualifications:

1. At least C+ (Plus) in KCSE or its equivalent with a C (Plain) in biology or biological science and any one of the following: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Physical Sciences, Geography.
2. At least C- (Minus) in KCSE and a relevant Diploma from a recognized institution or its equivalent.
3. At least D (Plain) in KCSE with a Certificate and a relevant Diploma from a recognized institution.
4. At least 2 Principal passes in KACE. One of these passes must be in Biology and the other in any science subject.
5. Holders of a relevant Diploma from a recognized institution.
6. Holders of a Degree in biological science from a recognized institution.
7. Any other international qualification that is equivalent to KCSE like the International Baccalaureate, IGSCE & GCE, subject to Senate’s approval.
8. At least Higher National Diploma and other relevant professional qualifications as advised by faculty to join year 2.

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

A candidate may be exempted from some courses and credits transferred from an approved institution, subject to the following conditions:

1. Request for exemption shall be made in writing to the Academic Registrar, the University of Nairobi at the time of admission and such must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents, including the syllabi for the relevant course(s).
2. The University of Nairobi reserves the right to administer an appropriate test, through respective departments in order to determine whether the exemption should be granted.
3. Application for exemption shall be considered only after the payment of an exemption fee, as may be prescribed.
4. The courses on which such exemptions are sought shall not exceed one-third of the total units required for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Conservation.

Year 1 Tuition fee for 16 units @ kshs. 8,000.00 KSh. 128,000.00
Year 2 Tuition fee for 16 units @ kshs. 8,000.00 KSh. 128,000.00
Year 3 Tuition fee for 16 units @ kshs. 8,000.00 KSh. 128,000.00
Year 4 Teaching KSh. 64,000.00
Field Training KSh. 30,000.00
Project KSh. 40,000.00
TOTAL KSh. 518,000.00

Library fee KSh.                    4,000.00 (per semester)
Examination fee KSh.           5,000.00 (per semester)
Application fee KSh.              3,000.00 (once)
Registration fee KSh.             1,000.00 (annually)
Student ID KSh.                        500.00 (annually)
Medical fee KSh.                    5,000.00 (annually)
Computer fee KSh.                 5,000.00 (annually)
Caution money KSh.               5,000.00 (annually)
Activity fee KSh.                       5,000.00 (annually)
Students Association fee KSh. 1,000.00 (annually)


The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Conservation program philosophy is guided by the need to connect and inspire the wildlife management and conservation community to provide leadership and stewardship in wildlife management and conservation and to give hope and faith to the Kenyan society and the world at large that it can excel in wildlife sector with passion, moral responsibility and a strong sense of patriotism.

Application Information

1. Government-sponsored students (Module I)

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Mode of Delivery

Both online and face to face

Face-to-Face Mode
The programme will be offered on a full-time basis and will be conducted through face-to-face formal lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, assignments on topical subjects for class discussions in presence of the lecturer and self-study as well as take-away continuous assessment tests. Adjunct lecturers from industry and guest lecturers from relevant institutions will be invited to assist in the course delivery.

Open, Distance, and e-Learning Mode
The Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) mode will involve modules and electronic/web-based learning materials. Lectures and other teaching and learning activities will be offered off-campus using the multi-media approach, including a variety of self-instructional print and electronic study materials. The ODeL mode will also be applied with minimal mandatory face-to-face tutorial hours on campus where necessary.

The programme will be also offered on blended e-learning with face-to-face formal lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, assignments, and class discussions in presence of the lecturer.

Contacts of support persons

Dean; Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 

Tel no: +254 204916009


Chairman Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology

Tel: +254 204 914 116  or  +254 204 918 480      



Natural resource management matters have attracted growing attention in recent decades, particularly in the tropics, which harbours most of the world’s biodiversity. The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Conservation Program is designed to produce well rounded and competent personnel with the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies required to offer high-quality services in the wildlife and tourism sectors, research, academia, environmental and natural resources management, amongst other relevant fields in both the public and private sectors of the world economy. Wildlife, natural resources, and tourism are key sectors in the national economies of many countries globally. Wildlife is one of the main natural resource bases in Kenya. The Wildlife and Tourism sub-sector contributes about 10% of Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP) and is one of the three main sources of foreign exchange for the country. Wildlife also forms an important economic activity for local communities and is a major source of livelihood in Kenya, the region and globally.

Environmental management and conservation play a major role in planning and sustainable development worldwide. This requirement demands adequate capacity building in both personnel and technology. The wildlife sector, which sustains the tourism industry, is expanding rapidly and so is the demand for the relevant skilled personnel. In recognition of this demand, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine together with other stakeholders provides a curriculum aimed at producing graduates who understand the complex and dynamic socio-ecological concepts and principles that support cooperative actions to conserve wildlife and to increase capacity for identifying and implementing priority actions for biodiversity conservation. It provides for market-focused, hands-on, practical oriented training.

This curriculum was developed bearing in mind the policy, legislative and institutional changes touching on the wildlife and tourism sectors in recent years as well as the fact that most of the wildlife exists outside the protected area network. Wildlife conservation and management is recognized as a form of land use that has equal recognition with other land-use types. The curriculum is also intended to directly meet the workforce requirements regionally and internationally, recognizing the changing trends in wildlife, environment, natural resources, and tourism sectors. The curriculum is responding to the global aspirations and priorities to enhance biodiversity conservation, livelihoods and environmental services for all because of improved and sustainably managed wildlife. More importantly, the curriculum aims at training potential wildlife managers to integrate productivity with beneficial conservation of biodiversity for socio-economic benefits and environmental services. The curriculum is aligned to directly contribute to meeting Kenya’s long-term development blueprint goals, regional and global challenges, including those set by the Sustainable Development Goals and international agreements (e.g. Convention on Biological Diversity [CBD]) for sustainable use and conservation of natural resources and the environment.

During the revision of this curriculum, an integrated stakeholders’ input was sought from students, wildlife and tourism sector, research institutions and tertiary academic institutions, Government Ministries, County Government, International and Regional Organizations, Universities and other wildlife-related institutions including but not limited to wildlife conservancies, wildlife industry, and NGOs. Benchmarking with other local and international institutions/universities offering similar courses was also carried out.

Goal of the program

The overall goal of this program is to develop human resource capacity in wildlife conservation and management for Kenya and the Region.