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Master of  Conservation Biology

Program code: 5551
CRICOS code: 077443C


St Lucia


1 Year full-time


Semester 2 (26 Jun, 2020)

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 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 the 'Program details' tab 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'll learn from world-class researchers and teachers.
  • 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 $AUD10,000 are available to international students who apply and are accepted into the Master of Conservation Biology program.

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  • 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'll receive information about start dates when you are accepted into the program.

  • Why study

    Leader on global issues

    Tackle some of the biggest issues facing the modern world with a world-class education. UQ is ranked number one in Australia and 11th internationally for research in environmental sciences, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • 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, MConsBiol

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.

Expect to find work in areas such as:

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

Find out more about careers that started in science

Alternatively, use the Master of Conservation Biology to further your research ambitions and proceed to enrol in the Master of Conservation Science, Master of Philosophy or a PhD program, where you'll continue to develop your 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.

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

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  • Beyond the classroom

    Study Conservation Biology at UQ

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  • Fast Facts

    Apply for financial support

    If you’re a domestic applicant, you may be eligible for income support while studying this program. You may also be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Offers may be competitive and made on the basis of academic merit.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (26 Jun, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


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

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

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Conservation Biology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $60,024
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Conservation Biology for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on an intensive full-time study load.

If you do not enrol in the intensive study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Master of Conservation Biology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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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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:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - April 1 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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