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, including law and 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 travel to some of Australia's most 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.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ was ranked number one in Australia and 12th in the world for Environmental Sciences in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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 typically 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.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (29 Jun, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


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

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

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:

Courses and Programs

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