The Master of Biological Science with a specialisation in Conservation Biology will allow you to help mitigate the increasing pressures of human activity and population growth on threatened species and communities, and prepares you for a wide range of jobs in conservation and restoration science.
The Conservation Biology specialisation focuses on the ecology, conservation, evolution and management of plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they occur. A graduate will have advanced knowledge of the evolution of our flora and fauna and the ecosystems in which they occur and are well-prepared to engage in field as well as desktop studies to analyse and mitigate species and ecosystem threats.
UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in conservation biology. Our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Biodiversity Conservation Centre, the WA Biogeochemistry Centre, the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory, the Centre for Evolutionary Biology, The Oceans Institute and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.
Why study Biological Science in Western Australia?
Western Australia is widely renowned as one of the world's hotspots for terrestrial and marine biodiversity. There are about 13,000 species of plants in Western Australia, with more being discovered all the time. About 3,000 of these species are yet to be formally named. Nearly 70% of Australia's mammal species are found within the state, with 25 species being found nowhere else. Reptile species are even more diverse with higher endemism. Up to 80 per cent of the region's fish and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. All of this biodiversity means that Western Australia is the ideal place to study biological sciences at all levels of organisation from ecosystems to molecules.
Conservation Biology graduates are employed in private sector companies (consultancies, the resources sector), in government departments (for example, Parks and Wildlife, State Fisheries), in public agencies (such as botanic gardens, conservation groups), and in environment and conservation research agencies (CSIRO), while others join academic institutions.