Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology)
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.
*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021
**Good Universities Guide, 2021
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2021 CSP ATAR||65.35|
|2021 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|
2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||61|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||75|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||93.7|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||65.35|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||80.4|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||98.7|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2021|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(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)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
|Intake||February and July|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore 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)||70%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||78|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||70%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1200|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||7|
|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|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||65%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|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|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $43,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
- 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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Plus, in your third year, you’ll do a capstone course which involves field-based research projects.
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
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
|Year1||S1||BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
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: Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021