Master of Science, majoring in Protected Area Management

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Science, majoring in Protected Area Management

This course provides specialist training in the background, principles, techniques and practices of protected area management with particular emphasis on tropical environments. There are over 120,000 protected areas worldwide, and their success depends on how well they are managed.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Career opportunities

This program provides specialist training for science graduates already working in this area (national parks and world heritage listed areas), or people wanting to work in this field.

Course highlights

James Cook University brings together a team of academic and associate staff across multiple disciplines.

  • World-recognised programs and research
  • state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities
  • internationally-acclaimed academic teaching staff
  • strong collaboration with industry and research organisations, both locally and internationally.

Course overview

Protected areas include marine and terrestrial national parks and World Heritage Areas. The protection of these areas is dependent upon their continued management. There are over 120,000 protected areas worldwide, and their success depends on how well they are managed.

How you will study

This course is available part-time (domestic students only) and full-time.

Flexible programs are offered in which students devise their coursework component in consultation with the course coordinator to match their professional goals and interests.

For more information regarding this course, contact Dr Amy Diedrich.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

MSc – Protected Area Management Major

Major code

MSC-PAM

Credit points

36 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

BZ5215:03 Conservation Biology or MB5004:03 Marine Conservation Biology

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation or EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5205:03 Conserving Tropical Rainforests or EV5210:03 Management of Marine Protected Areas

EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems or EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment or EV5601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management or EV5502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

SC5055:03 Research and Communication Skills in the Natural Sciences

OPTIONS

Select 12 credit points of level 5 subjects from List 1 or select up to 12 credit points of cross-institutional subjects*.  Study plans must be approved by the course co-ordinator.

* Partner institutions include members of the Protected Area Learning and Research Collaboration (PALRC).

List 1

AQ5015:03 Sustainable Aquaculture

BZ5440:03 Ecology and Conservation

BZ5740:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management

BZ5755:03 Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaption

EV5003:03 Environmental Economics

EV5012:03 Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods

EV5013:03 Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5200:03 Terrestrial Resource Management

EV5203:03 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles

EV5210:03 Management of Marine Protected Areas

EV5251:03 Environmental Impacts of Human Activities in Protected Areas

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV5506:03 Remote Sensing

EV5601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

EV5701:03 Managing Coastal and Marine Environments

SC5901:03 Special Topic 1

SC5902:03 Special Topic 2

EV5910:03 Professional Planning Project (Pt 1 of 2)

SC5912:06 Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (1 of 2)

SC5913:06 Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (2 of 2)

EV5920:03 Professional Planning Project (Pt 2 of 2)

MB5300:03 Sampling and Experimental Design

MB5310:03 Marine Reserves as Fisheries Management Tools

SS5103:06 Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences

Pathway into course

For prerequisites and pathways into this course visit the admission requirements section in the Handbook

Handbook

Master of Science

Course code

106904

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in science; or equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post Admission requirements

Some majors require attendance at block mode subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus.  Students may be required to attend block mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments, in one or more science disciplines.
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information, concepts and theories from a range of sources.
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines.
  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using advanced mathematical, statistical and technological skills.
  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, scientific data, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to specialist and non-specialist audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media.
  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and expert judgement.
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts.
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.
  • Apply knowledge of research principles, methods, techniques and tools to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a discipline area (major) from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

36 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

 

Environmental Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Fisheries Science and Management

Townsville

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

 

Natural Resource Management

Cairns (Suspended 2017-2018)

Townsville

 

Protected Area Management

Cairns (Suspended 2017-2018)

Townsville

 

Tropical Biology and Conservation

Cairns

Townsville

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors available at Cairns

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviations

MSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion and have completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Science.

Students who have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects may be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Certificate of Science.

Course articulation

Students who complete the requirements for the Master of Science are eligible for direct entry into the 48 credit point Master of Science (Professional) and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.