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Studying wildlife conservation at Sydney

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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

This unique degree will develop your expertise in wildlife conservation. If you have a passion for animals and dream of making an impact in the conservation sector, this course will provide highly applicable and sought-after skills for a wide range of careers.

You will be taught by dedicated researchers and practitioners from two of Australia’s premier institutions – the University of Sydney and Taronga Conservation Society Australia – as you learn to address global conservation challenges. Let us inspire you to become the next generation of wildlife conservation professionals.

The Taronga Wildlife Conservation stream comprises a Wildlife Conservation major that combines biology, ecology and conservation with additional prescribed units of study in statistics and animal sciences. It provides extensive training in all aspects of wildlife conservation incorporating the study of animal health and welfare, wildlife management, and animal behaviour.

Classes will take place at the University’s Camperdown and Camden campuses, at  the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, and at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Taronga Institute will form a gateway for students to access the wider Zoo campus and provide authentic, interactive learning opportunities in an environment of working science.

You will graduate with advanced research skills in biology and wildlife conservation, a highly developed sense of curiosity and self-direction, and the capability and confidence to work across cultural boundaries enhanced via international mobility opportunities. You will be able to lead behavioural change in the community for sustaining our planet’s biodiversity.

For your second major you may select your subjects from those offered by our academic schools:

In the final year of your degree, you have two options, Advanced Coursework OR Honours: 

  • Advanced Coursework: Enhance your leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and increase your employment prospects. You will undertake challenging coursework and experience work outside the classroom by collaborating with other students on a substantial real-world project.
  • Honours: Develop deep analytical skills and prepare yourself for further research opportunities, such as pursuing a PhD. You will undertake a supervised but independent research project as well as connected discipline-based and/or research-focused coursework. Admission to the honours pathway is subject to meeting the specified WAM and additional entry requirements. Check with your faculty for details.

Subject areas

You are required to complete a Taronga Wildlife Conservation program including a major in Wildlife Conservation. You are also required to choose a second major either from the faculty options or from our shared pool of majors.

Honours subject areas: Only available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the honours pathway. Minimum WAM and additional entry requirements apply.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Taronga Wildlife Conservation stream includes prescribed units of study in mathematics and animal sciences. It will provide students with extensive training in wildlife conservation by incorporating the study of biodiversity and evolution, animal science, and animal behaviour and management.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation)

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Life & Evolution Animals & Us Intro to Statistical Methods
 
Major 2
  2 From Molecules to Ecosystems Elective Open Learning Environment units
 
Major 2
2 1 AppliedStatistical Methods Elective Open Learning Environment units Major 2
  2 Biology Experimental Design & Analysis Ecology & Conservation Australian Wildlife Biology
Major 2
3 1 Project Unit Wildlife Conservation Elective Major 2
  2 Project Unit Ecology Elective Major 2
4 1 Wildlife Management Honours/Advanced coursework Honours/Advanced coursework Major 2
  2 Wildlife Health and Welfare Honours/Advanced coursework Honours/Advanced coursework Major 2

Assumed knowledge

Until 2023: Mathematics Advanced or higher, Chemistry; other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen. Biology is recommended.

From 2023: Mathematics Advanced or higher, Biology; other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 (Band E3). For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join our Dalyell Scholars program.

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