Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology)

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 champion biodiversity conservation in both theory and practise. You will:

  • learn to identify plants and animals in natural settings
  • conduct field research as part of long-term, on-going monitoring programs
  • apply theory and research to pressing conservation problems
  • consider the social, political and economic constraints of the field
  • develop the skills to plan, execute and monitor habitat restoration programs for declining species
  • build valuable connections with established organisations—from Arid Recovery and BioR in South Australia to Conservation International.

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

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324911
    2018 CSP ATAR 78.3
    2018 CSP IB 28
    2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants 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 (such as bonus points)).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      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.
    • VET applicants
      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.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324911

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    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
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge 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
    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) 80
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    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 Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74
    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
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,225

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500

    Scholarships

    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.

  • 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    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. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • 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
    OR
    BIOLOGY 1401
    Concepts in Biology I
    ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country and 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 ID (Wildlife Conservation) 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: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018