Master of  Conservation Science

Program code: 5597

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 2 (28 Jun, 2019)

Interested in using science to support conservation strategies and policies? This program integrates conservation, ecology and biodiversity, so you can better confront complex conservation problems and explore effective solutions.

  • This program is taught in an intensive mode designed around blocks of fieldwork that allow you to complete the equivalent of two academic years in just 18 months. It's suitable for those with an approved bachelor's degree – see 'Program details'.
  • Benefit from a comprehensive education in the ecosystems and evolutionary potential of the world's flora and fauna. In addition to advance-level coursework, you will travel to some of Australia's unique field sites.
  • Deepen your understanding of all aspects of biodiversity and conservation, environmental philosophy, national and international conservation policy, and systematic conservation decision-making processes.
  • Choose between the research and coursework pathway. Once you complete 12 courses, you can apply for admission to complete a major four-month research project, or opt to complete four additional courses to finish your degree.

The Master of Conservation Science will provide you with skills, knowledge, practical experience and industry contacts to further your contributions to this vital field.

  • Fast Facts

    Early commencement

    Classes for this program commence 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.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Intensive field experiences

    Participate in a series of field trips where you'll apply your knowledge and better understand fieldwork techniques. Visit subtropical rainforests, our Heron Island Research Station, national parks and nature reserves, and the Moreton Bay Research Station.

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  • Why study

    Unique program structure

    The Master of Conservation Biology/Conservation Science programs are taught in a unique way and incorporate intensive field trip experience with traditional classroom teaching.

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  • Employability

    International Post-Study Work

    Students in the Master of Conservation Science complete the equivalent of two academic years of study in just 18 months. International graduates may be eligible for a 485 visa under the Australian Government's Post-Study Work stream. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years 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's degree in botany, ecology, evolution, zoology, or an approved discipline with 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 Science 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 Science. 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.

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 Science 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 Science 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. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years 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

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

The program code for the Master of Conservation Science is 5597. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

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 Science 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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