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Diploma of Science Major Wildlife Management

Diploma of Science Major Wildlife Management (DPSC)

Entry requirements
ATAR 61.50
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul
Note: This major is offered from February 2022 and is subject to final University approval.

Overview

  • Make the great outdoors your new office and learn to protect our wildlife with hands-on courses in Wildlife Management.
  • USQ’s Diploma of Science (Wildlife Management) introduces you to the fundamental concepts of biosecurity, conservation, animal welfare, vertebrate pests, and survey techniques to collect, record, and analyse field data.
  • Develop practical field skills with specialised training, including animal identification, handling and trapping; safety and bush survival skills; training in 4 wheel driving; camera trapping; and more.

Further study

The Diploma is a qualification in its own right, and you can stop there if you want to, but it is also a pathway to the Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Management). This means that the eight science courses from your diploma can count towards a bachelor degree.

This major is offered from February 2022 and is subject to final University approval.
 

Career outcomes

  • Career opportunities in wildlife management are growing in Australia and internationally as climate change impacts wildlife conservation. There is increasing need for sustainable use of natural resources and solutions to the growing number of human-wildlife conflicts, such as relocating pest animals or birds striking aircraft.
  • Start your wildlife management career as a ranger, biosecurity officer, game management officer, or pest and weed control officer.
  • Work in a wide range of sectors, including government (federal, state and local), non-government organisations, not-for-profit organisations and corporate firms.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 61.50 62.00

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C), and
  • General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degree's student cohort for Semester 1 from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
4 x major courses 4
2 x elective courses 2
Total 8

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

There is a two-week compulsory field trip as part of the skills training within the Wildlife Management major in this Diploma, which involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses. 

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 7950
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26560

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

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