School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Help preserve the environment for future generations

Interested in conserving wildlife and plants, studying marine ecosystems or helping with environmental education and policy? Whatever inspires you, our school paves the way to a rewarding career you’re passionate about.

Your future in environment and sustainability

Encompassing a broad range of disciplines and specialised courses, we aspire to be Australia’s best school of life and environmental sciences. Our hands-on, practical and flexible approach to learning, along with industry collaboration and award-winning teaching staff, ensures our graduates are equipped to get ahead and excel in their careers.

Find out more about the fieldwork trips you could go on, plus learn how we teach you effective science communication skills so you can disseminate information to industry, government, research institutes, museums and other public interest groups.

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Explore where you could be studying

Explore where you could be studying

Studying at Deakin gives you access to cutting-edge technology and purpose-built facilities. Tour Deakin's life and environmental science facilities at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.

Learn in advanced facilities

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a purpose-built Crime Scene House, modern chemistry, physiology and preparation laboratories, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, an aquaculture research facility and more.

Crime Scene House

Crime Scene House

Located at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, the Crime Scene House is a purpose-built simulation facility where students and researchers can develop their skills and knowledge in forensic science.

Deakin Genomics Centre

Deakin Genomics Centre

A state-of-the-art DNA sequencing facility that supports our teaching and research activities, the Deakin Genomics Centre provides small to commercial scale support, training and services.

Meet our school staff

Our award-winning teaching staff are there to ensure you’re equipped to get ahead in your career. Led by Associate Professor Janine McBurnie, you’ll be guided by experts who are passionate about environmental sustainability and sustainability education. Benefit from their industry connections and stay up-to-date with industry best practice.

Find a school staff member

The teaching and support staff at Deakin are brilliant. They each have remarkable workplace expertise that they bring to life in academic material, and coursework is built around real-world application.

Vaughn Mitchell

Environmental engineering graduate

Develop sustainability programs with your local community

Our environmental management and sustainability units give you the opportunity to work with your local community, where you can develop the skills to lead projects in environmental policy, ecotourism, sustainable behaviours, climate change adaptation and environmental protection.

Get involved in environmental research

Attracting $4 million dollars annually, our research focuses on national priorities. These are important for future social, economic and environmental development and the wellbeing of Australia and the rest of the world. Much of our research is done in collaboration with government departments, as well as industry and leading international scientists.

Find out more about our research

Our partnerships with industry

Our staff hold close links with industry and relationships with organisations such as the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action and Parks Victoria. This ensures our courses are relevant and remain up-to-date with industry trends.

Environment courses at Deakin have a core professional placement unit where students gain work experience in professional settings and build professional networks in the industry.

Learn more about placement opportunities

Discover life and environmental sciences studies at Deakin

Read on for more exciting study stories and career tips, featuring our current students, staff and alumni.

  • Container deposit schemes reduce rubbish on our beaches. Here's how we proved it
  • Under the surface: Indigenous empowerment project studies rare bay habitat
  • Study uncovers 'horrifying' loss experienced by people whose dogs died from 1080 baiting

Container deposit schemes reduce rubbish on our beaches. Here's how we proved it

Can waste-management strategies such as container deposit schemes make a difference to beach rubbish? Deakin researchers find out.

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Under the surface: Indigenous empowerment project studies rare bay habitat

Local science and environment groups are investigating a rarely-studied habitat in Port Phillip Bay and equipping the region’s Traditional Owners with the skills to carry out environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling.

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Study uncovers 'horrifying' loss experienced by people whose dogs died from 1080 baiting

Deakin researchers reveal 1080 poison risk for pet dogs.

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Get in touch if you have any further questions regarding the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

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