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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 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5597
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$62880 (2023 indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 2 (3 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
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 Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2022

19 in the world for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2022

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How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • 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
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or
  • a graduate certificate in conservation biology.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7 point scale in your previous qualification. The Master of Conservation Science is a 32 unit program delivered in the regular University semesters as well as in shorter intensive teaching periods, to enable the program to be completed in 1.5 years.
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or
  • a graduate certificate in conservation biology.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7 point scale in your previous qualification. The Master of Conservation Science is a 32 unit program delivered in the regular University semesters as well as in shorter intensive teaching periods, to enable the program to be completed in 1.5 years.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines include botany, conservation, ecology, environmental studies, evolution, mathematics or statistics, marine science, and zoology. Advice on other relevant disciplines is available from the Faculty by contacting enquire@science.uq.edu.au.

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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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

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.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$9,010

2023

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Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (24 units). Your fees will vary according to your study load. Check the courses and program structure for more details. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase. 

AUD $62,880

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Master of Conservation Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

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

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