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

  • This 18-month 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 four semesters of study in just 18 months. You will travel to some of Australia's most unique field sites.
  • Choose between the research and coursework pathway. Once you complete 12 courses, you may apply for admission to complete a major six-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.

  • 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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  • 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.

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

Entry requirements


Bachelor's degree in botany, ecology, evolution, zoology, or an approved discipline with UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 on a 7 point scale.

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.

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