Master of  Conservation Science

Program code: 5597
CRICOS code: 082609K


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 2 (26 Jun, 2020)

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.

  • 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 the ‘Program details’ tab.
  • 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'll travel to some of Australia’s most 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. You'll learn from world-class experts.
  • 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’ll receive information about start dates when you are accepted into the program.

  • 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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  • 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 and Moreton Bay research stations, national parks and nature reserves.

  • 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.

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.

You may work in areas such as:

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

Alternatively, you can use the Master of Conservation Science to further your research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where you'll continue developing your research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Employability

    International post-study work 

    You'll 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. 

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  • 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

  • Alumni
    “I learned not only several techniques that are applied on field, but also how to devise research projects that aim to preserve ecosystems, particularly when the availability of information is limited. The program also has an excellent coursework component that helped me to develop my creativity, level of commitment and communication skills.” Yolanda Chávez, MConsSc 2015
    Director of Projects, National NGO - Fundación Tangare, Ecuador


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

BEP - 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.

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Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Conservation Science 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 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, 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 Science for the 2020 academic year. 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 enrol in a larger or smaller 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

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All international student applications for the Master of Conservation Science 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 Science is 5597. 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 Science 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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