Wildlife and conservation biology

Why study wildlife and conservation biology?

Wildlife and conservation biology is the science of managing native plants and animals. It aims to limit the effects of environmental degradation, climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

This degree is built upon ecological foundations drawn from botany, genetics and zoology. You'll apply these to the conservation of species and ecosystems. You'll also be introducted to the legal framework for conservation.

You'll also have access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world - the University Wildlife Sanctuary contains 30ha of bushland on the Melbourne campus, in which students gain first-hand experience in ecological techniques.

Field trips

You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience on our field trips to places such as the Great Barrier Reef, Wilsons Promontory, The Mallee and Falls Creek.

Courses

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time 4 years

Master of Science

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time 2 years

Career opportunities

Our students have found work in park managemenet roles, natural resource management, conservation, policy development, wildlife and ecological research and environmental consultancy and education.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

Rob Barker,
Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)(Honours)

"The range of conservation-related subjects with field components, such as zoology were very appealing."

Wildlife and conservation biology placements

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.