Do you want to know more about the building blocks of life? Explore life in all its forms from microorganisms to plants and animals while getting extensive training and experience in the biological sciences.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
If you’re passionate about biology, studying Biological Sciences will give you extensive training and experience across a broad range of topics.
Explore the evolution, biochemistry, genetics, ecology and behaviour of life – from genes, cells and microorganisms invisible to the naked eye, to some of Earth’s largest animals and most adaptive plant species. You’ll learn the kind of analysis and observational skills that are in high demand from employers including advanced training in laboratory and field techniques from staff with applied experience.
You’ll be encouraged to ask questions, make observations and solve problems both in and out of the laboratory to enrich your learning experience.
9 reasons to study Biological Sciences at Murdoch
- Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
*Source: Good Universities Guide 2020
- Murdoch has a living campus, so you’ll have the opportunity to do fieldwork in Murdoch’s native bushlands and gardens every semester.
- Learn in well-equipped laboratory facilities, and learn from teaching staff with applied experience in the biological sciences.
- Depending on the units you select, you can learn through fieldwork from your first year of study to gain proficiency in a range of laboratory and technical skills.
- Have the opportunity to study overseas through Murdoch’s Outbound Study Abroad and Exchange Program.
- Benefit from Murdoch’s industry connections to experience work integrated learning, volunteer work, guest lecturers and industry seminars and workshops.
- Do you have a particular topic you’d like to explore further? You can by studying a specialist project unit during your course. You may even complete a project with an industry partner or organisation.
- A major in Biological Sciences is especially versatile if combined with other majors or minors including Conservation and Wildlife Biology, Marine Biology, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Molecular Biology and many others. You could even become a teacher with further study.
- Have the opportunity to specialise with postgraduate studies including post-graduate diplomas, certificates, masters and PhDs.
What you’ll learn
Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
- biochemistry and cell biology
- animal and plant diversity
- environmental biology and ecology
- genetics and evolutionary biology.
Customise your course
Customise your course with a second major or combined degree. Adding a second major or combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some combinations we recommend:
- Conservation and Wildlife Biology
- Environmental Management and Sustainability
- Environmental Science
- Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Marine Biology.
Your future career
A major in Biological Sciences will give you opportunities to pursue a career in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, food production industries and research.
Careers could include:
- Research Scientist
You could work in the private sector in environmental consultancy, in government agencies, non-government organisations, research and development institutions, or education.
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus (some units external)
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Students will not be required to kill any vertebrate animal, although they may be required to work with vertebrate tissues or products. Some collection of invertebrate specimens is required.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
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