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Master of  Conservation Biology

Program code: 5551

Delivery location

St Lucia


1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 2 (28 Jun, 2019)

The Master of Conservation Biology uses the science of conservation, ecology and biodiversity to develop strategies and policies that aim to find effective solutions in securing the world's biological diversity.

  • This one-year master's program provides a comprehensive education in the ecosystems and evolutionary potential of the world's flora and fauna. It's suitable for those with an approved bachelor's degree – see Program Details for entry requirements.
  • Undertake high-level coursework that covers all aspects of biodiversity and conservation, environmental philosophy, national and international conservation policy, and systematic conservation decision-making processes.
  • Benefit from an intensive structure designed around blocks of fieldwork that allow you to complete the equivalent of three semesters of study in just 12 months. You will also travel to some of Australia's unique field sites.
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience as you apply your knowledge on field trips to subtropical rainforests, national parks, outback Australia, nature reserves and UQ's Heron Island and Moreton Bay Research Stations.

The Master of Conservation Biology will enhance your career prospects by building knowledge and experience in the scientific methods used to analyse, quantify and make decisions about conservation.

  • News

    International Scholarships

    Scholarships of up to $10,000 AUD are available to international students who apply and are accepted into the Master of Conservation Biology.

    Find out more
  • Fast Facts

    Early commencement

    Classes for this program start in June each year so you can get a head-start on your studies before the official commencement of semester in July. You will receive information about start dates when you are accepted into the program.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ was ranked number one in Australia and 12th in the world for Environmental Sciences in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject

  • Alumni
    UQ was the perfect fit for me and has led to my work in the Amargosa Vole Conservation Project in California where I manage a captive breeding colony of the endangered Amargosa vole. I get to see the different parts that contribute to an overall conservation effort, and how my actions contribute to its success. Nora Allan, Master of Conservation Biology
    Scientific Aid, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Career outcomes

Conservation professionals work in the field and in offices across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

They typically work in government departments, universities, non-profit organisations, or in industry in various managerial, educational, research and consultancy roles.

Graduates may work in areas like:

  • national parks and wildlife conservation
  • natural resource management
  • policy development
  • mining
  • agriculture
  • education
  • research.

Other graduates use the Master of Conservation Biology to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in the Master of Conservation Science, Master of Philosophy or a PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Research

    Extend your program with a research project

    After completing seven courses in this program you may choose to transfer to the Master of Conservation Science where you'll undertake a six-month major research project or complete additional coursework. Admission is based on GPA.

  • Alumni
    “The course is brilliantly put together, the content is well delivered and the field trips serve as powerful reminders of what it is that we as conservationists are fighting to save.” Lenn Isidore, Master of Conservation Biology
  • Teaching staff

    World leading conservation experts

    You will have access to world leading academics and their research programs. Courses are taught by highly regarded academics that are world leaders in their fields.

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  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (28 Jun, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree in botany, ecology, evolution, zoology or an approved discipline.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 on a 7 point scale.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Conservation Biology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Conservation Biology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Conservation Biology have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Conservation Biology pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $26,720
Indicative fee 2019

An "indicative annual fee" is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Conservation Biology at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. If you complete this program in one year, with a study load of 24 units, the actual fee for the year will be higher. Fees will vary according to your choice of courses, the number of courses you enrol in, their unit value, and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years or if you commence the program mid-year, as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Conservation Biology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Conservation Biology is 5551. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Domestic students enrolled in the Master of Conservation Biology may be eligible to receive Commonwealth Government income support payments. Please contact Centrelink to determine eligibility.

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSP) are available for domestic students. CSP students pay a student contribution amount, rather than paying tuition fees. Domestic students who apply for entry to the program will automatically be considered for a CSP. CSPs are limited and are not guaranteed for all domestic applicants. More information about Commonwealth supported places.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Conservation Biology is:

  • May 16 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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