Bachelor of Marine and Wildlife Conservation (BMarineWildlifeCon)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Marine and Wildlife Conservation is designed to prepare students for a broad range of careers in marine biology and wildlife conservation biology. Students initially build their foundational knowledge of biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, practical statistics, botany and zoology as well as develop skills in the field identification of animal and plant taxa. Students then focus on the theoretical, practical and fieldwork aspects of environmental monitoring, coastal management, biodiversity assessment and landscape restoration. There is a strong emphasis on experiential learning and the application of specialised research methodologies specific to marine and wildlife conservation. 

The Bachelor of Marine and Wildlife Conservation is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of marine and wildlife conservation and its science by: 1.1 articulating the methods of science and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry 1.2 explaining the role and relevance of science and in particular marine and wildlife conservation in society.
  2. Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge within marine biology and/or wildlife conservation biology.
  3. Critically analyse and solve scientific problems in marine biology and wildlife conservation biology by: 3.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources 3.2 designing and planning an investigation 3.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation 3.4 collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from scientific data 3.5 demonstrating the cooperativity and effectiveness of working in a team environment.
  4. Effectively communicate scientific results, information, or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
  5. Be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by: 5.1 being independent and self-directed learners 5.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 5.3 demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks, relevant to wildlife conservation and marine biology 5.4 personally practicing ethical conduct.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Marine and Wildlife Conservation

There shall be a Bachelor of Marine and Wildlife Conservation.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Marine and Wildlife Conservation, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 48 units.
  2. Elective courses to the value of 24 units. 
  3. Level I courses not exceeding 30 units.
  4. Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units.
  5. Broadening experience.

Core Courses