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Master of Biological Science: Plant Conservation Biology

Minimising, or reversing, the extinction of irreplaceable plant biodiversity is the ultimate goal of plant conservation biologists.  


According to Conservation International, the southwest of Western Australia is one of only 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, making WA an ideal living laboratory.

Many plant conservation biologists focus on the most threatened species, genes and communities, and employ systematic, evolutionary and ecological science to underpin such endeavours. Others work on threatening processes and their mitigation, such as loss of biodiversity due to habitat destruction, fragmentation of wild areas, dieback disease, invasion by feral animals and weeds, and salinity.

The Master of Biological Science, with a specialisation in Plant Conservation Biology provides an introduction to assist you prepare to mitigate these environmental impacts on biodiversity.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

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Course description, features and facilities

Human activity and population growth are increasing the pressure on natural ecosystems and many biologists believe we are currently experiencing the sixth global mass extinction. If you want to help mitigate this trend and actively participate in the management and research of threatened species and communities, then this specialisation is for you.

The Faculty's 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.

Master of Biological Science Course code: 72520

Master of Biological Science CRICOS code: 074948B

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Plant Conservation Biology is one of the specialisations offered in the Master of Biological Science. Information about the course structure can be found in the handbook.

Career opportunities

Plant Conservation Biology graduates are employed by government departments (for example, Environment and Conservation), botanic gardens (Kings Park), zoos, and research agencies (CSIRO). 

In addition, the mining sector, private environmental companies (such as Environment Australia), regional natural resource management groups, and shire councils provide a range of employment opportunities.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Master of Biological Science can pursue further studies in research including the Master of Science by Thesis and Coursework in, for example, Botany or Conservation Biology.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

- A relevant bachelor's degree from this University or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

- Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Biological Science of this university, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

English competency

See the full list of English Language Requirements.
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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

Semester 1: 23 January
Semester 2: 26 June

How to apply

Submit a completed application form


Annual fee: $8613.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information


On this page

  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

Apply online

Contact details - admission information

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Master of Biological Science: Plant Conservation Biology: the details

Available 2014
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years
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Science Student Office
Agricultural Central building
6488 7333
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