Whether your interest is in animal biology, chemistry or exploring the history of botany and zoology, our courses have something for you. Deakin offers a broad range of study areas to prepare you for a career in science.

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Get work-ready

Gain experience through innovative practical programs, including professional practice units, giving you a minimum of 80 hours work experience in a course-related organisation and allowing you to apply the knowledge gained in your course. You'll experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options, develop a professional network and prepare for real-life settings in which today's science graduates work.


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.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


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.

Career opportunities

Studying science with us gives you potential opportunities to be involved with scientific developments that hold the key to the future, with breakthroughs being discovered every day.

A science degree can lead to work in a range of fields, such as:

  • agriculture
  • animal health
  • biotechnology
  • education
  • forensics
  • food technology
  • pharmaceuticals
  • the general health and medical industry.

Endless possibilities

Our Bachelor of Science allows you to start with a broad program of science in first year, before specialising in your interest area in the following years. With over 8 specialty areas to choose from, our course prepares you for a range of real-life settings.

Science and biomedical science at Deakin

Hear from two students as they reveal their passion for science and biomedical science, the diverse study opportunities and the benefits of the hands-on, practical approach at Deakin.

Life and environmental science facilities

Explore Deakin's life and environmental science facilities at our Melbourne Burwood Campus, featuring modern labs and equipment, and the ability to conduct practical work in the natural reserve and creek right by campus.

Work-integrated learning

Our work-integrated learning (WIL) program lets you incorporate a full or part-time industry placement as part of your degree, enabling you to develop the skills employers value. It also prepares you for the real-life settings in which today's science graduates work.

WIL placements are designed as elective units and are credited towards your degree. Some placements also come with an industry-funded scholarship.

The most important aspect of Deakin is the hands-on practical experiences with small class numbers.

Shenae Ryan

Science student (animal biology)

Learn more about Shenae's experiences

'I originally started my degree at another university but wasn't receiving the help that I needed due to extremely large class numbers. I left that university and applied to Deakin with no regrets whatsoever.

During high school, I was told to pick another career to work towards as my grades weren't high enough to be a vet. Even though I really tried, my teachers were correct. However since leaving high school and focusing solely on animal biology, I have excelled and even received outstanding achievement awards in my animal biology units. With the right help and resources from Deakin, I have been able to successfully complete my units with great results. Once I finish, I hope to do further study in Veterinary Medicine and become a vet.

All of the teachers have been more than approachable, friendly and happy to help. There are amazing facilities that are available to students, as well as many events and student clubs.'

Research that matters

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences covers a variety of research areas, from wildlife and conservation biology through to synthetic chemistry and physiology. If you’ve specialised in an area and would like to develop your thoughts even further, take on a higher degree by research with us.

Learn more about researching with us

Browse other disciplines within sciences

Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.

*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
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^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2020 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)