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Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation

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This degree combines biology with environmental and conservation management in a unique combination of subjects.

You will have the opportunity to combine ecology with units in biological sciences, conservation and biodiversity, environmental sciences and marine sciences. There is a strong focus on acquiring research and professional skills for application in environmental management and conservation.

Biodiversity is the study of biological variety and how this is understood and classified. Conservation biology is the study of how biological diversity can be conserved for the future, while Ecology is the study of plants, animals and micro-organisms in relation to each other and the environment.

Key features

  • Macquarie University is the only university in NSW that offers a degree specialising in conservation biology.
  • The degree has a strong research focus, and all units contain significant proportions of research material in the form of case studies, or reference to the teacher's own research.
  • Students have the flexibility to construct a specific program of study tailored to their intended professional careers.

Macquarie's PACE program gives graduates real-world experience

Macquarie University knows today's graduates need more than just academic skills. That’s why its PACE program takes students out of the lecture theatre and places them in the heart of their chosen careers. PACE gives students invaluable life experience that sets them apart from other university graduates and, as a result, makes them better equipped for the real world and more attractive to employers.

Course duration

3 years full-time / equivalent part-time


North Ryde (Sydney)

UAC Code


Suitable for

If you're interested in environmental issues, how biodiversity and abundance are related to environmental conditions, and how organisms in the environment interact.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Estimated annual fee This is an indicative fee -  AUD $8,768 p.a.

Student amenities fee

Information on the Student services and amenities fee

Entry requirements

  • Recommended: Good knowledge of mathematics and chemistry (HSC Mathematics and HSC Chemistry; or international equivalents)

Introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without the recommended prior knowledge.


English Language Requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 69
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 39
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Minimum number of credit points designated as science 42
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this degree

100 level Credit Points
Required BIOL114 Evolution and Biodiversity 3
Required BIOL115 The Thread of Life 3
Required either STAT170 Introductory Statistics
or STAT171 Statistical Data Analysis 3
Required 3cp from ENV units at 100 level
ENVE units at 100 level
ENVG units at 100 level
GEOS units at 100 level 3
200 level Credit Points
Required BIOL206 Genetics 3
Required BIOL227 Ecology 3
Required BIOL235 Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biology 3
Required 6cp from BIOL208 Animal Structure and Function
BIOL210 Plant Structure and Function
CBMS215 Microbiology 6
300 level Credit Points
Required BIOL349 C/P Biodiversity and Conservation 3
Required BIOL334 Conservation and Ecological Genetics 3
Required 9cp from BIOL313 Plants: Cells to Ecosystems
BIOL316 Invertebrates: Evolution, Behaviour and Diversity
BIOL341 Parasitology
BIOL347 Plants and Ecosystems
BIOL362 Freshwater Ecology
BIOL369 Vertebrate Evolution
BIOL372 Marine Birds and Mammals
BIOL373 Marine Ecology 9
Balance of credit points required (Electives) 27
Total credit points required to satisfy this degree 69


  • Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
  • Units marked with a P are PACE units.
  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2015 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.


Career Opportunities

  • biodiversity informatics adviser
  • bio-prospector (eg for new pharmaceuticals)
  • conservation policy maker
  • environmental assessor
  • environmental consultant
  • land manager
  • natural resource manager
  • research scientist
  • wildlife manager
  • zoo captive breeding programs manager



  • conservation agencies
  • departments of agriculture
  • departments of land and water conservation
  • Environment Australia
  • environmental protection agencies
  • fisheries and forestry agencies
  • national parks and wildlife services
  • scientific research organisations
  • state forests
  • Sydney Bush Regeneration Co
  • The Australian Museum


Our Students

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Jessie Giblett, Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation

"Studying at a university that shares my passion for conservation has proven a wonderful experience for me. The biodiversity and conservation course has fantastic and relevant subjects which are taught by staff who are friendly and enthusiastic. Not only have I learnt the relevant theory, I have also had the chance to apply varying techniques relevant to understanding and measuring biodiversity."

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Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation

To study this degree, apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

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2. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Application for Session 1, 2015 closes on 30 January 2015.


Students wishing to return to study at Macquarie University should visit the Previous Macquarie Students webpage, for further information and application procedures. 

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