Conservation and Restoration

Biodiversity loss is one of the key environmental challenges globally.

Coordinators: Professor Roger Cousens and Jasmin Hufschmid


Conservation of biodiversity, and the restoration of biological communities and landscapes, pose huge challenges for managers of our natural resources. Meaningful progress in this area demands rigorous training in a range of disciplines, especially conservation biology, restoration ecology and landscape management, as well as in the policies and social issues that enable or constrain success. This specialisation focuses on the conservation and restoration of ecosystems, with exciting subjects also available in wildlife conservation.

  • Designed for

    Students with a wide range of academic backgrounds seeking an interdisciplinary perspective on climate change.

  • Example Career outcomes
    • Environmental Educator
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Researcher
    • Ecologist
    • Government department environmental officer (e.g. National Parks, Department of Environment)
    • NGO environmental officer (e.g. WWF)

View full list of Conservation and Restoration subjects in the Handbook

Example study plan (100 point program)

Year 1

Semester 1

Sustainability Governance and Leadership

Wildlife Management

Management of Plant and Animal Invasions

Environmental Impact Assessment

Semester 2

Interdisciplinarity and the Environment

Ecological Restoration

Environmental Research Project

Casey Visintin
Casey Visintin,
PHD researcher.
Centre of Excellence
for Environmental Decisions,
University of Melbourne

"One of my most professionally beneficial and academically fulfilling experiences has been the completion of the Conservation specialisation in the Master of Environment.  The program provided breadth in learning opportunities as well as extensive support for interdisciplinary collaboration.  By allowing the flexibility for a research component, the degree enabled my transition from a technical profession (Architect) to a PhD research position looking at the mitigation of ecological damage caused by human industrialisation and development."