Master of Protected Area Conservation (P7C)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Protected areas cover more than 15% of global land mass, 20% of Australian land, and 40% of Tasmania. Effective conservation and management of this significant land estate is central to achieving global conservation and sustainable development goals.  Conservation professionals need to be trained in aspects of governance, planning and management in order to ensure the protected area estate effectively conserves nature and natures benefits to people.

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required by contemporary protected area conservation professionals working in middle or senior governance or management roles. This course covers governance, planning and management practice in government, private and community-based protected areas, as well as broader landscape contexts. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are addressed. You will apply skills in governance, planning, and management to address complex conservation problems across landscapes and within protected areas.

The course has been designed to meet international competencies for protected area planners specified by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, with a particular focus on middle and senior governance and management roles. The structure of the degree ensures that graduates have the full range of required skills for protected area planners and managers in senior roles. Experiential learning is facilitated through field components within the core units, which involve practical experience of working world activities in natural environments. Students are offered further opportunity to customize their learning through an elective facilitating exploration of conservation topics in Tasmania as well as a capstone professional placement unit in the final year of study.

Tasmania is the ideal place to undertake a degree focused on protected area governance and management. Within half an hour from the Sandy Bay campus, we access marine, coastal, heathland, wetland, grassland, woodland, dry eucalypt, wet eucalypt, rainforest, subalpine and alpine natural environments, as well as urban nature. The Tasmanian world heritage recognised wilderness is little over an hour’s drive away. Tasmanian nature is so distinctive and important that half the State is in reserves and approximately half the area of these reserves is world heritage. This makes it an imminent destination to study conservation in protected areas. You will be helped in your learning by academic staff with international reputations in their subject areas.

You'll explore Tasmania's raw wilderness by boat, foot and bike, gaining an understanding from industry professionals as they share their knowledge and passion for the environment. With conservation and planning in the wilderness as the main focus of the course, you'll build a solid foundation in multiple disciplines with electives in business and tourism. You'll also gain technical skills in relevant planning systems such as Marxan, for reserve design and open standards for management planning. These are key job-ready skills for graduates.

This course features unique opportunities to learn in Tasmania’s wild environments. This includes experiential learning facilitated through field components within the core units, which involve practical experience of working world activities in natural environments. Students are offered further opportunity to customize their learning through an elective facilitating exploration of conservation topics in Tasmania. Students complete a capstone professional placement unit in the final year of study which allows students to experience working with conservation organisations to tackle real world problems.

Career outcomes

The core units in the course integrate authentic learning tasks with hands-on practical experience - students have place based learning experiences in most units to allow for exploration of Tasmania's unique environments and world leading protected area conservation practices. There are workplace learning opportunities throughout the course through extensive use of real-world case studies, collaborations with industry (particularly local NGOs and government) and a lot of active problem solving.


The capstone KGA709 unit offers opportunities for students to focus on their passions and work with industry directly.

Course structure

The structure of the course ensures key skills are covered and that units are ordered to provide scaffolded learning. The structure of the degree ensures that graduates have the full range of required skills for protected area planners and managers in senior roles. This includes the core units which ensure graduates have technical spatial science skills, and core protected area governance and management knowledge, as well broader landscape conservation knowledge. Additional key skills in business and management are taught through the business unit in year 1. Graduates are offered pathways to customize learning in year 2 to their intended field of work, including a choice of electives from Tourism, Cultural Heritage, Marine and Antarctic Environments. These units all feature place-based capstone experiences that highlight Tasmania’s unique places. All graduates will also gain research and workplace skills in their second year of study. Experiential learning is facilitated through field components within the core units, which involve practical experience of working world activities in natural environments.

YEAR 1

• There are currently many environmental and social problems confronting current and future generations• To address some of these issues there needs to be a focus on issues relating to sustainable development• Moves towards sustainable development and sustainability require relevant…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The conservation of nature needs to occur at the landscape scale as well as within protected areas. Landscapes can be wilderness areas, rural areas with highly varied land use or urban areas. Whatever their type, there are landscape processes, both…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students with a practical understanding of key systems for protected area planning and management. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are considered. The global context of protected areas is analysed, including issues of definition, scope and governance.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Conservation efforts globally are focussed primarily on biodiversity, but geodiversity elements and features such as soils, rivers, mountains and caves provide humans with a wealth of ecosystem services and enjoyment. In this unit, you will learn about how to recognise…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is essential for those working towards a career managing natural environments and people in protected areas. For those with other vocational interests, the unit is a way to learn about Australia's natural ecosystems and the principles of conservation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to undertake planning for protected area systems. We will explore the frameworks, processes and methods used to identify areas for inclusion in national reserve systems. Students will have the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartWinter school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly common in our everyday lives, even if we're not necessarily aware of it. This unit looks at how GIS datasets and processes can be used to produce mapped representations of the world around…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

YEAR 2

This unit provides you with the knowledge and practical skills to prepare management plans for protected areas. Particular emphasis will be given to accessing and deploying information; community engagement and collaboration; and developing plans that support an adaptive approach to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Jan B

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students in this unit will undertake the equivalent of an unpaid, professional placementof 80 hours duration, which gives them a work integrated learningexperience – providing intended learning outcomes that could reasonably beexpected from a placement within a government, non-government or…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

     
Exploring Conservation in Tasmania - select 1 unit from:

This unit will explore the origins, elements and tensions inherent in sustainable tourism. You will explore the relevance of sustainable development to tourism, its application and the tensions that arise when theory is applied to practice. The unit will also…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Unit Aim: To provide the student with the principles and practices necessary for the planning and management of marine protected areas. Within this unit students will study protected area management from a regulator’s perspective, covering the following broad concepts: 1.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will give you advanced skills in the analysis and presentation of spatial data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). There is an increasing demand for graduates with strong skills in spatial data analysis, particularly in the context of environmental…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides an overview and instruction in a broad range of topics related to the marine and Antarctic environments. In IMAS, study and research are both discipline-based and multi-disciplinary—the latter reflecting the true nature of collaboration and cooperation in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

 Independent Research Stream 
Note: the Independent Research stream requires a coursework average of 75% or over in the first year of the Master of Protected Area Conservation (full-time equivalent) and approval of a research topic from both a supervisor and the Unit Co-ordinator.

Research and project management skills are core professional competencies. Undertaking a thesis as part of your Masters will equip you with the experience needed to undertake research independently or as part of a team, and the skills to design and…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Research and project management skills are core professional competencies. Undertaking a thesis as part of your Masters will equip you with the experience needed to undertake research independently or as part of a team, and the skills to design and…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

OR

 Professional Research Stream

This unit provides postgraduate students with the skills and knowledge to undertake independent and team research in environmental management, planning, protected area governance, spatial sciences and beyond. This unit’s interdisciplinary approach builds capacity for undertaking research in diverse workplaces. Upon…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides postgraduate students with the skills and knowledge to undertake policy-based research as a key transferable employability skill. Practical skills development focuses on undertaking research to inform evidence-based policy positions for a topical real-world issue. Upon completing this…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Candidates for the Master of Protected Area Governance and Management shall be qualified for entry if they hold a bachelor degree in any discipline at the University of Tasmania or hold other tertiary qualification(s) deemed by the College to be equivalent for this purpose. International applicants who are nationals of and currently reside in a country where English is not the official language require an IELTS of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0 or equivalent.

Admission to most postgraduate coursework courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree. Applicants must achieve the required grade in their qualifying studies, meet any prerequisite subjects, and meet English language requirements to be eligible for an offer.

English Language Requirements  

For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

Course Specific Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Protected Area Governance and Management shall be qualified for entry if they hold a bachelor degree in any discipline at the University of Tasmania or hold other tertiary qualification(s) deemed by the College to be equivalent for this purpose.

The Graduate Certificate of Protected Area Planning (K5J) fully articulates into the Master of Protected Area Conservation. Candidates enrolling in the Master who have completed K5J will be given credit for the units of the Graduate Certificate.  The Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Conservation Management) (P4C) fully articulates into the Master. Candidates enrolling in the Master who have completed P4C will be given credit for the units of the Professional Honours.

Graduates are eligible to apply for a Research Higher Degree program, including PhD.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $ 60,948 AUD *.

Course cost based on a rate of $29,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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