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Protected Area Conservation

With ever-increasing challenges for protected areas management globally, the need for advanced knowledge and skills for effective protected areas has never been greater.

Throughout the world there are over 160,000 protected areas that are managed with the aim of ensuring the long term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.

Good governance, planning and management are essential if protected areas are to achieve this aim.

Our study options equip you with the knowledge and skills required by contemporary protected area professionals working in middle or senior governance or management roles. Subjects covered include governance, planning and management practice in government, private and community-based protected areas. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are addressed.

With ever-increasing challenges for protected areas management globally, the need for advanced knowledge and skills in governance, science and evidence-based policy, planning and management for effective protected areas has never been greater.

Course Options

Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Conservation Management)

1 year min, 3 years max
Hobart, Online

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Graduate Certificate of Protected Area Planning

2 years min, 5 years max
Hobart, Online CRICOS 085334G

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Master of Protected Area Conservation

2 years min, 5 years max
Hobart, Online

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The course meets international competencies for protected area planners as specified by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.

Tasmania provides an ideal location to study with globally outstanding protected areas, national parks and reserves.

Build your own network through our strong industry contacts and work placements opportunities.

Course breakdown

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Graduate Certificate of Protected Area Planning

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills required by contemporary protected area planners. This course covers planning practice in government, private and community-based protected areas.

You will study subjects covering topics including:

  • Protected Area Planning and Management Systems
  • Protected Area Management Plans
  • Reserve System Planning

Graduates can articulate into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Conservation Management)

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Conservation Management)

This course will train you in fundamental aspects of governance, planning, and management needed for effective conservation of nature.

The unique combination of governance and management skills in a pragmatic, case-based learning environment will place graduates well for an exciting career.

Graduates can articulate into the Master Protected Area Conservation.

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Master of Protected Area Conservation

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.

You learning 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, and you will apply skills in governance, planning, and management to address complex conservation problems across landscapes and within protected areas.

Career outcomes

Building on experience

"I’m doing this course to get some environmental science, spatial science and business skills, and together with my previous studies, I am optimistic about where this can take me."
Ashley Fourie, student

Graduates will have governance, planning and management knowledge and skills sought by government protected area agencies, private and NGO protected area managers, and community-based organisations. 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.

Career Opportunities

There are endless opportunities across government, private and not-for-profit industries. These include eco-tourism, natural area management, protection and interpretation, emergency management and planning, and natural resource management.

Occupations forecast for high growth by 2024* include:

* ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Urban and regional planners

13.8%

Predicted job growth to 2024

Environmental Scientists

12.5%

Predicted job growth to 2024

Environmental Manager: Future Demand

Strong

National Skills Commission - Skills Priority List (June 2021)

Study Experiences

Tasmania's national parks and reserves offer outstanding opportunities for integrating practical field-based experiences of well-managed protected areas into your studies so that you gain first-hand experiences of real-world innovation and excellence in protected areas management.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.