Wildlife and conservation biology



Learn both theoretical and practical expertise in subjects from biodiversity and wildlife ecology through to landscape habitat and park management. Graduate with the skills to professionally contribute to the study and management of wildlife populations in Australia and overseas. This is a multidisciplinary field where a career could lead wherever you choose.

I always had an interest in conservation and the environment, and wanted to combine my love of animals with biodiversity conservation.

Anna Cuttriss

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) and Environmental Science (Honours)

Hands-on experience

The first of its kind in Victoria, this course features field-based experiences and regular practical classes as well as a professional work placement. The hands-on focus will give you the useful and real-world experience to graduate with a work-ready resume.

Wildlife and conservation biology courses

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Recent Deakin research

Climate change could wipe out Australian mammals

Awarded the Parks Victoria's 2015 Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award, a team of researchers from Deakin University have been investigating the effects of fire and climatic changes on native mammals in the Grampians National Park since 2008.

Get into the Wild @ Deakin

Our blog showcases the unique experiences we have while on field trips, the environmental-orientated pursuits we’re up to, and the things we find interesting.

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Career opportunities

You'll be qualified for a career in wildlife conservation and management, or in environmental science. Opportunities exist to work with wildlife – including their habitats and threats, and the policies and strategies that guide management. 

Graduates can obtain jobs in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Roles include:

  • wildlife officer
  • conservation officer
  • wildlife manager
  • park ranger
  • project officer
  • environmental consultant
  • research scientist
  • wildlife biologist
  • conservation biologist 
  • landscape ecologist.

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Fieldwork is a key part of Environmental Science at Deakin. Students have the opportunity to participate in site visits, overnight field excursions and field trips.

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