Master of Science, majoring in Tropical Biology and Conservation

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Science, majoring in Tropical Biology and Conservation

Your studies will make full use of the wide variety of natural tropical environments surrounding James Cook University (JCU). You can structure your course to specialise in the ecology of rainforests, savannah, tropical freshwater systems, tropical wildlife, or tropical insects.

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

Course highlights

James Cook University is a leading education and research centre for biology in the tropics.

  • Internationally-recognised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in biological sciences
  • dedicated research vessel, and research stations at Orpheus Island and Paluma
  • more tropical courses and subjects than any other institution in the world
  • teaching and research facilities including the Advanced Analytical Centre and the Aquaculture Research Facility.

Course overview

All aspects of theoretical and applied ecology are considered in these courses, making full use of the wide variety of natural tropical environments surrounding JCU including savannahs, rainforests, wetlands, and coastal marine habitats.

These tropical biology programs offer a wide range of electives. Students can structure their courses to specialise in the ecology of rainforests, savannah, tropical freshwater systems, tropical wildlife, or tropical insects.

How you will study

This course is available in Townsville. It is available part time (domestic students only) and full time.

For more information regarding this course, contact Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

MSc – Tropical Biology and Conservation Major

Major code

MSC-TBC

Credit points

36 credit point

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or MB5230:03 Design and Analysis in Ecological Studies

BZ5215:03 Conservation Biology

SC5055:03 Research and Communication Skills in the Natural Science

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of specified level 5 science subjects from List 1

List 1

BZ5740:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management

BZ5220:03 Population and Community Ecology

BZ5225:03 Field Ecology

BZ5230:03 Ecological Research Methods

BZ5440:03 Ecology and Conservation

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified level 5 science subjects from List 2

List 2

BZ5061:03 Behavioural Ecology

BZ5210:03 Ecology of Tropical Forest Ecosystems

BZ5220:03 Population and Community Ecology

BZ5225:03 Field Ecology

BZ5230:03 Ecological Research Methods

BZ5420:03 Ecological Genetics

BZ5440:03 Ecology and Conservation

BZ5450:03 Ecological and Conservation Genetics

BZ5480:03 Restoration Ecology

BZ5615:03 Plant Survival in a Land of Fire, Flood and Drought

BZ5620:03 Tropical Flora of Australia

BZ5725:03 Herpetology

BZ5740:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management

BZ5745:03 Tropical Entomology

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

BZ5808:03 Adapting to Environmental Challenges

BZ5820:03 Evolutionary Biology

BZ5880:03 Ecology: Distribution, Abundance and Diversity

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation

EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

MB5230:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of AQ, BC, BZ, EV, MI, MB or SC level 5 science subjects. This list includes research options.

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.