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Master of Conservation Science

Overview

Master the scientific methods used to analyse, quantify and make decisions about conservation.

The Master of Conservation Science program will show you how to use science to support conservation strategies and policies. It integrates conservation, ecology and biodiversity – with a focus on the problems of restoring and maintaining viable populations of animal and plant species, and natural and managed ecosystems – so you can better confront complex conservation problems.

This program is taught by world-class experts, in an intensive mode that allows you to complete the equivalent of two academic years in just 18 months.

You'll deepen your understanding of all aspects of biodiversity and conservation, environmental philosophy, national and international conservation policy, and systematic conservation decision-making processes. And, in addition to advanced-level coursework, you'll complete more than a month of field work at unique sites, including subtropical rainforests, national parks, outback Australia, UQ’s Heron Island and Moreton Bay research stations, and the Solomon Islands.

Choose between the research and coursework pathways. 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.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5597
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$60024 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5597
CRICOS Code
082609K
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at UQ, the world’s leading university for biodiversity conservation research.
  • Gain a comprehensive education in the ecosystems and evolutionary potential of the world’s flora and fauna.
  • Complete field work at unique sites and research stations.
  • Deepen your understanding of all aspects of biodiversity and conservation, environmental philosophy, national and international conservation policy.

1 in the world for biodiversity conservation

Center for World University Rankings 2017

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Conservation & Wildlife Biology
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Marine Conservation
  • International & National Conservation Policy

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Endangered species ecologist
  • Pest management researcher
  • Natural resources manager
  • Policy developer
  • Environmental sustainability manager
  • National parks and wildlife officer
  • Agribusiness consultant
  • Zoologist
  • Bush regeneration consultant
  • Ecotourism manager

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

Prerequisites

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 language requirements

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.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Conservation Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $60,024

Indicative annual fee 2020

This 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 (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $28,690

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Conservation Science at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - April 1 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - April 1 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit