Master of Conservation Biology

Course summary

The Master of Conservation Biology is designed for students who seek further knowledge and skills in the biological sciences, or seek to qualify for a postgraduate research degree.

What you will study
Areas covered include conservation biology, ecological and evolutionary physiology, marine and terrestrial ecology, and fisheries and aquaculture. Additional preparatory subjects focus on laboratory work and science communication skills. Candidates with appropriate qualifications and laboratory skills will be awarded credit for these subjects.

This degree
The Master of Conservation Biology is a unique course as it provides you with the opportunity to extend your technical knowledge and use it to determine your competency in the specific discipline before choosing one of the three possible pathways (research or technical or management).

Students who perform at a distinction average (WAM) till 48CP will be able to choose either of the above options.

With the appropriate qualifications and laboratory skills, you can be awarded credit for these preparatory subjects.

Course information

Study area

Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

463

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

097267D

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A recognised Bachelor of Science degree that includes introductory level subjects in the areas of general biology, ecology, genetics, evolution, physiology and statistics.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$13,536 (2021)

$54,144 (2021)

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

A recognised Bachelor of Science degree that includes introductory level subjects in the areas of general biology, ecology, genetics, evolution, physiology and statistics, or equivalent.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

86

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$15,696 (2021)

$62,784 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2020.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2020

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 17 January 2021*
  • International Applicants: 17 January 2021*
    • *Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
      Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

      Course Structure

      (Current year structure - subject to change)

      Course Handbook

      Why choose this course

      Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

      Research in Biological Sciences at UOW spans many fields. The main areas are Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Animal Behaviour, Physiology & Systematics, Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology. Advantage is taken of the proximity of many natural and relatively undisturbed marine, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

      Our researchers include academic staff, research associates, PhD, Masters Research and Honours students, as well as a range of collaborators in other institutions such as the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Agriculture, and the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

      As all Science degrees include practical laboratory and/or field work, you can take advantage of the superb local marine life, coastal landscapes, nearby rainforest escarpment and freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

      Collaborations with industry and government researchers provide you with "real world" experience.