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What will I learn?

This Graduate Certificate program focuses on the theory, practice and ethics of biodiversity conservation and wildlife biology, from the level of wild populations to entire ecosystems. An emphasis is placed on the unique biodiversity of Australia and its connections with the rest of the globe. The program will suit current practitioners wishing to upgrade their knowledge and skills as well as those seeking employment in this sector.


  • Teaches a wide range of skills in conservation biology, from field techniques to computer modelling
  • Flexible unit offerings that allow for a significant proportion of the program to be completed off-campus
  • Gateway units that allow graduates from all academic disciplines to gain the appropriate background for more advanced training


Government agency staff seeking to update their expertise or seek a higher degree in conservation studies students seeking employment in government agencies or the private sector professionals (eg zoo staff and wildlife careers, vets, environmental consultants, policy and planning specialists, lawyers, economists, accountants) non-government organisation staff (eg conservation lobbyists, animal welfare groups and community groups) seeking an improved understanding of conservation issues. Biological Sciences graduates, or environment and conservation professionals seeking further education in conservation biology.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (0.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$18,750.00 (US$ 13,929) per year

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

Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognized equivalent. IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

For international students

  • AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent including two units in Biology, or
  • AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent and approved work experience, professional certification or other recognised prior learning

The required standard of English for this program is:

Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Macquarie University

Ranked in the top 200 global universities, Macquarie University provides transformative and practical learning experiences for its students.

  • Ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide
  • Located in Sydney’s fastest-growing business region
  • Provides over 30,000 practical work placements
  • Offers a generous scholarship programme