Undergraduate major

Conservation and Wildlife Biology

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.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

MJ-CONS

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Selection rank

70

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Get up close with nature

Our on-campus conservation category wetlands and banksia woodland is home to turtles, quendas and cockatoos, plus more.

Get hands-on experience

Expand your practical experience with a range of field trips, like research camps to Coral Bay when you study Marine Biology.

Volunteer for projects

Participate in environmental social groups where you can participate in environmental initiatives, network and socialise. 

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Overview

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. 

5 reasons to study Conservation and Wildlife Biology at Murdoch

  • Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
    *Source: Good Universities Guide 2021
  • 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 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.

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:

  • ecology
  • conservation biology
  • wildlife biology
  • genetics and evolution
  • Australian biodiversity.

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.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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