Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324911
CRICOS 088769A

Make a real impact

Wildlife is vanishing throughout the world. Many species will disappear during your working life.

Do you want to buck this trend and reverse imminent species loss? Our Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) gives you the knowledge and skills to safeguard our ecosystems and protect the future of wildlife in crisis.   

What will you do?

This degree is hands-on and prepares you to become a conservation advocate in both theory and practise. You will:

  • split your time between the lab and the field as you learn to champion biodiversity conservation
  • use new technology, like drones and satellites to collect data and monitor habitats
  • conduct field research for real-life monitoring programs
  • build valuable industry connections with organisations—from Arid Recovery and BioR in South Australia to Conservation International
  • learn to identify plants and animals in natural settings
  • consider the social, political and economic constraints of the field
  • develop the skills to plan, execute and monitor habitat restoration programs for declining species.

Where could it take you?

Our conservation graduates go on to all sorts of exciting and rewarding careers. You might reconstruct local habitats or lead breeding programs in sanctuaries. You could monitor the movements of animals with satellite tracking and other remote techniques. Perhaps you’ll work in academia, researching your passion and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.  

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324911
    2020 CSP ATAR 65.65
    2020 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 62.7
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 79.85
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 93.95
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.65
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 84.6
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 97.6
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2019). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324911

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    9 25.7%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    5 14.3%
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    17 48.6%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students <5 N/A
    All students 35 100.0%

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 088769A
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 26
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70%
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 78
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1200
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 7
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    ANU Foundation Studies 66%
    Monash Foundation Year 70%
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.0
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 57
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $7,333

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $41,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    As a graduate, you will be prepared for careers in the growing number of organisations that employ wildlife conservation practitioners and researchers, including:

    •  environmental consultancies for businesses in the primary industry sector
    •  non-government conservation and wildlife organisations
    •  government and regulatory offices
    •  academic research and teaching institutions.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    You’ll spend five days in the field at the multi-award winning Arid Recovery near Roxby Downs, learning to trap, handle and record data on small mammals and reptiles.

    Plus, in your third year, you’ll do a capstone course which involves field-based research projects.

    Potential careers

    Land Resources and Land Care, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Conservation Scientist, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Fisheries Researcher, Ecotour Operator, Environmental Manager, Geospatial Scientist, Wildlife Conservationist

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via Study Overseas, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3.

    Find Study Overseas opportunities for your study area

  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) offers a combination of theory and practical experience in the integrative disciplines of landscape ecology, wildlife genetics, endangered species biology and pest management.

    In second and third year, students engage with conservation-active University of Adelaide staff and our research partners to undertake specialist training in animal and plant identification and participate in meaningful field work linked to current long-term research and monitoring programs. These unique real-world experiences equip students with the practical and professional skills sought by public and private sector employers both in Australia and overseas.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1 S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    BIOLOGY 1401
    Concepts in Biology I
    ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country & Protocols SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction I Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms ENV BIOL 1002 Ecological Issues I STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
    [or Semester 1]
    Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year2 S1 ENV BIOL 2500 Botany II ENV BIOL 2503 Zoology II ENV BIOL 2520 Animal Identification (Wildlife Conservation) II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 ENV BIOL 2502 Ecology II ENV BIOL 2501 Evolutionary Biology II ENV BIOL 2515 Plant Identification (Wildlife Conservation Biology) II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year 3 S1 ENV BIOL 3540 Research Methods in Wildlife Conservation III ENV BIOL 3121 Concepts in Ecology III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units

    S2 ENV BIOL 3575 Advanced Applications in Conservation Biology III  ENV BIOL 3580 Conservation Biology III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units
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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Nov 2020