Conservation science attempts to secure the world's biological diversity by combining biological knowledge, social science, law, environmental philosophy, economics and scientific reasoning. It is a "discipline with a deadline", working against accelerating extinctions to sustain the well-being of society and the environment.

Conservation professionals work in the field and office, in government, universities, non-profit organisations and industry, to preserve life and what it can offer to future generations. 

Our Masters of Conservation Biology and Conservation Science degree programs will equip you with a comprehensive theoretical understanding of conservation biology, as well as the diverse skills, practical experience and industry connections required to work in the fast-changing field of conservation. 

You'll cover the integrated disciplines of conservation, ecology and biodiversity, and focus on the problems of restoring and maintaining viable populations of animal and plant species, and natural and managed ecosystems.

Why choose conservation biology at UQ?

UQ is the global leader in biodiversity conservation research and is ranked #3 in the world for marine and freshwater biology and #6 for ecology (latest CWUR by Subject).

By choosing to study with us, you'll:

  • complete more than a month of valuable fieldwork at sites on the Great Barrier Reef and in national parks, outback Australia, nature reserves and a variety of subtropical rainforest habitats
  • learn from academics who are world leaders in their fields, and who will share their research with you
  • develop superior data analysis skills by using the R statistical package and innovative conservation decision-making software
  • meet and learn from leading industry professionals - industry engagement is built into your program
  • enjoy the streamlined delivery - you can complete the equivalent of 3 semesters of study in just 12 months, or 4 semesters in 18 months.

What our graduates say

See a selection of interviews with Master's graduates on our alumni web pages.

Postgraduate coursework programs

Visit our postgraduate coursework pages for more information, or see detailed program information on UQ's Future Students website:

Contact us

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Watch our video

Our "Study the Master of Conservation Biology" video shows you a taste of what to expect when you study with us.

UQ students and staff share their insights into the Master of Conservation Biology. (YouTube, 1m:27s).