Western Australia’s south western region is Australia’s only Global Biodiversity Hotspot. Be part of the next generation working to protect and conserve environments under threat both in Australia and globally.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
As Australia’s population expands, and human activities impact the natural landscape, the importance of preserving fragile ecosystems and endangered species grows. Combine your passion for the environment with a strong foundation in scientific knowledge on how to manage and preserve fragile ecosystems and endangered species and communities.
Through studies in ecology, genetics, evolutionary biology and conservation and wildlife management, you’ll gain the technical skills you need for a career in conservation management.
You will be immersed in wildlife research through case studies and field experience and gain an understanding of the social, political and economic context in which conservation policy is developed. You will learn applied skills that are in high demand from employers including advanced training in laboratory and field survey techniques from staff with applied experience.
8 reasons to study Conservation and Wildlife Biology at Murdoch
- Murdoch has a living campus with expansive areas of natural bushland supporting native fauna, providing an onsite field laboratory and opportunities for fieldwork in every semester.
- You can benefit from Murdoch’s industry connections to experience work integrated learning, volunteer work, guest lecturers, and industry seminars and workshops.
- You can get involved in Murdoch University Environmental Students’ Association (MUEnSA) and Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG) where you can participate in environmental activities and initiatives, as well as social and networking opportunities between students, staff and Industry.
- You can join professional associations such as the Ecological Society of Australia as a student member or clubs such as Western Australia Naturalist’s Club, giving you networking opportunities.
- You have support from staff to volunteer for a range of conservation projects including wildlife rehabilitation, Eyre Bird Observatory, Turtle Tagging, Reach Out Volunteers, Landcare, School Education out-reach programs etc.
- You can experience even more of the natural world by studying overseas through Murdoch’s Outbound Study Abroad and Exchange Program.
- You can choose one or more of the specialist project units to follow your own ideas including working with off-campus organisations.
- You have the opportunity to specialise with postgraduate studies including postgraduate 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:
- conservation biology
- wildlife biology
- genetics and evolution
- Australian biodiversity.
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:
- Biological Sciences
- Environmental Management and Sustainability
- Environmental Science
- Marine Biology
- Marine Science.
Your future career
When you graduate, you’ll have the skills and experience you need to take on challenging roles in wildlife ecology, landscape and vegetation management, biodiversity conservation, animal biology and park management. With the right combination of units, you could also work in the fields of environmental education, journalism or law.
Careers could include:
- Research Scientist
- Wildlife Officer
- Environmental Officer
- nature-based tourism
- education and outreach
- wildlife forensics.
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 undertaking units in Conservation Biology will not be required to kill any vertebrate animal but they will be required to work with fresh tissue from dead animals in certain units.
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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