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Protected Area Governance and Management

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

Master of Protected Area Governance and Management

This degree is made up of course work units and a research component. In your second year, chose between an independent research stream or professional practice stream.

Students with relevant experience could be eligible to complete this course within 1.5 years. See course page for details.

1

Graduate Certificate of Protected Area Planning

50 credit points

  • 25 credit points: Protected Area Planning and Management Systems unit
  • 12.5 credit points: Protected Area Management Plans unit
  • 12.5 credit points: Reserve System Planning unit

2

Master of Protected Area Governance and Management

200 credit points

  • 100 credit points: Schedule A (Compulsory Units)
  • 25 credit points: Schedule B (Conservation Electives)
  • 25 credit points: Schedule C (Business Electives)
  • 50 credit points: Schedule D (Research)

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.

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.