discipline

Wildlife and conservation biology

A career in wildlife and conservation biology will qualify you to contribute to the study and management of wildlife Australia and overseas. Subjects range from animal and biodiversity to landscape evolution and park management.

Get out of the classroom: get into the field with practical hands-on experiences

Leaders in wildlife conservation: the first in Victoria to offer this course

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
  • conservation biologist
  • wildlife biologist
  • landscape ecologist.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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.

Research with us

How long will this earth last for? Is sustainability something you’re passionate about? Take on a higher degree by research today through our School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Centre for Integrative Ecology or Centre for Regional and Rural Futures.

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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

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