Biological science


Study microbes, plants and animals at molecular, cellular and organismal levels. Through classes and practical experience gained in the laboratory and the field, you’ll graduate ready for employment in biology or science related areas, or for further study.

Career opportunities

You'll have the opportunity to be employed in a wide range of areas, including:

  • animal health
  • environmental consulting
  • emerging biotechnology industries
  • herbaria
  • museums
  • primary industries
  • wildlife biology
  • quarantine services
  • the general health and medical industry.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

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


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.

Through Deakin, I have developed a passion for wildlife research, the environment and sustainability.

Darcy Watchorn

Biological Science student

Learn more about Darcy's experiences

'Initially, I chose Deakin because I thought it had a very good selection of classes, and I had heard positive feedback about them, along with the approachability of the teaching staff within that faculty. I had moved to Melbourne knowing nobody, and since made many wonderful, like minded friends who are just as passionate as I am. In this sense, I love the atmosphere which Deakin sustains.

I found the teaching staff at Deakin University to be extremely approachable, helpful and friendly. They encourage you to contact them if you need help during the unit, which is something I know to be not so freely available at other universities.

Studying at Deakin allowed me to travel internationally on an exchange program, and to discover exciting potential careers that I wouldn't have even considered as an option. I completed an exchange at the University of Waterloo in Canada. It was undeniably one of the best experiences of my life, enabling me to meet a bunch of great new people, immerse myself in different cultures and societies, and to travel across Canada and Central America.'

More than a degree

Our science course offers an experience, not just a classroom degree. Cultivate a deep understanding of biology through developments in informatics and technology, and learn what's needed to reduce our impact on living resources and ecosystems.

Research with us

What does the future of science hold for us? If you’ve got a great idea that you’d like to develop, we’ll help take it to the next level with a higher degree by research.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

Biological properties of the Hendra virus envelope proteins

Matthew Paul Stevens examines immunological, ultrastructural and expressional studies of the viral envelope proteins using recombinant poxviruses and DNA vectors to improve our understanding of the biology of the Hendra virus.

Industry connections

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences runs an annual careers evening for current students every April, in conjunction with student-led societies and guest industry speakers (who are often past students). 

The popular and successful Life and Environmental Sciences Careers Evening is held at our Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses. These events give our students and staff the opportunity to network with industry.

To become work-ready graduates, students also complete an 80-hour work placement within industry or a relevant company as part of our professional practice units. Students have the option of completing placements locally or internationally, in addition to the study abroad and international study tour options.

Lachie and Peter's story

Lachie and Peter share their stories of studying and teaching biological and biomedical science at Deakin.

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