What will I learn?

Conservation biologists work to prevent the extinction of the world's plant and animal species. According to Conservation International, the South West of Australia is one of the world's 36 'biodiversity hot spots' making WA an ideal living laboratory for your studies. You'll focus on how to protect and restore biodiversity, particularly understanding and minimising human impacts on the natural world.

Human activity and population growth are increasing the pressure on natural ecosystems and many biologists believe we are currently experiencing the sixth global mass extinction. This major has been developed in consultation with local conservation industry to provide you with the relevant skills and knowledge to manage and research threatened species and ecological communities. Field trips are a core part of the unit and there will be a cost of up to $1,000 to cover the cost of food and accommodation for around 17 nights, to be paid by the student.

Career Pathways

Conservation Biology graduates are employed by government agencies (e.g. Department of Parks and Wildlife, CSIRO), botanic gardens and zoos, conservation-related industries (e.g. WWF, Greening Australia, WA Museum, Gondwana Link etc.), universities (teaching and research) and a variety of other organisations (e.g. mining industry, local government, private companies, community and natural resource management groups).

Further Study

As human pressures on our natural environment are at an all-time high, the need for experienced conservation biologists to attempt to reverse the declines in ecosystem functioning and health, and in species population sizes, is increasing. You will undertake rigorous scientific research related to the conservation of threatened flora, fauna or ecological communities. Research projects can vary from studying aspects of a rare species biology or ecology, to experiments investigating different threat mitigation strategies, or an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of different management techniques. You will develop your practical and theoretical skills in conservation-related research by conducting your own research project, and participating in units on conservation genetics, conservation planning, restoration ecology, and data analysis. Honours in Conservation Biology can lead to many careers including (restoration) ecologist, conservation biologist, environmental impact assessor, DEC flora or fauna officer, government policy writer and consultant, consultant for mining companies, science journalist, laboratory technician or field research officer.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

CRICOS

068916E

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,200.00 (US$ 28,276) per year
AUD $164,800 total course fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 July 2020, 22 February 2021

Venue

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Crawley Campus,

35 Stirling Highway,

CRAWLEY,

Western Australia,

6009, PERTH, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,200.00 (US$ 28,276) per year
AUD $164,800 total course fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 July 2020, 22 February 2021

Venue

UWA Albany Centre

35 Stirling Terrace,

ALBANY PO,

Western Australia,

6332, ALBANY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Australian High School (or equivalent).

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) - English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English B at HL - Minimum score 5; PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Monash University
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About this uni

UWA ranks 1st in Western Australia and is one of the top 100 universities worldwide.

  • Ranked 86th in QS World University Rankings 2020
  • Rated five stars for its student-teacher ratio
  • A proud member of the Group of Eight
  • 7 subject areas in world’s top 50-QS Subject Rankings 2018