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This Master of Protected Area Governance and Management at University of Tasmania equips students with the knowledge and skills required by contemporary protected area professionals working in middle or senior governance or management roles. 


 This Master of Protected Area Governance and Management at University of Tasmania covers governance, planning and management practice in government, private and community-based protected areas. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are addressed.

Australian domestic candidates can study the course on-campus in Hobart or by Distance Education. For some units, distance students will have the option of attending field-based sessions, or undertaking the field work through virtual on-line exercises.

International candidates study the course on-campus in Hobart.

The course has been developed as part of an initiative to establish a protected area learning and research centre. This initiative is being led by a Steering Committee comprising representatives from UTas, Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Parks Victoria, Parks Australia, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, James Cook University, Murdoch University and Charles Darwin University.

Course objectives

At completion of the course, graduates will be equipped, with respect to protected areas, to:

  • analyse the quality and appropriateness of governance arrangements;
  • provide institutional leadership and development;
  • plan for and manage financial and physical resources;
  • plan for and manage human resources;
  • respect the rights and aspirations of local and indigenous communities and cultures;
  • analyse and contribute to planning processes for reserve selection;
  • design and implement adaptive planning and management processes;
  • prepare protected area management plans;
  • plan and manage for biodiversity conservation outcomes;
  • plan for and manage tourism, recreation and public use;
  • plan for and manage community engagement processes; and
  • plan and implement research.
Career outcomes

Graduates will have governance, planning and management knowledge and skills sought by government protected area agencies, private and NGO protected area managers, and community-based organisations. The course has been designed to meet international competencies for protected area planners specified by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, with a particular focus on middle and senior governance and management roles.


Professional recognition will be sought from the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas once their proposed accreditation system has been established.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Protected Area Planning and Management Systems
  • Protected Area Management Plans
  • Reserve System Planning
  • Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Managing People and the Employment Relationship
  • Environmental Finance
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Strategic Management

Detailed Programme Facts

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    We recommend that students living overseas should apply at least 3 months prior to semester start date and on-shore students apply no less than one month prior to semester start date.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Protected Area Governance and Management shall be qualified for entry if they have qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in any discipline at the University of Tasmania or hold other tertiary qualification(s) deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent for this purpose. International applicants who are nationals of and currently reside in a country where English is not the official language require an IELTS of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0 or equivalent.

CRICOS: 085334G

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26500 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Hobart

  • 1204 - 2010 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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