Course Description

As Australia’s population expands, and human activities impact the natural landscape, the importance of preserving fragile ecosystems and endangered species grows. Combine your passion for the environment with a strong foundation in scientific knowledge on how to manage and preserve fragile ecosystems and endangered species and communities.
Through studies in ecology, genetics, evolutionary biology and conservation and wildlife management, you’ll gain the technical skills you need for a career in conservation management.
You will be immersed in wildlife research through case studies and field experience and gain an understanding of the social, political and economic context in which conservation policy is developed. You will learn applied skills that are in high demand from employers including advanced training in laboratory and field survey techniques from staff with applied experience. 
8 reasons to study Conservation and Wildlife Biology

Murdoch has a living campus with expansive areas of natural bushland supporting native fauna, providing an onsite field laboratory and opportunities for fieldwork in every semester.
You can benefit from Murdoch’s industry connections to experience work integrated learning, volunteer work, guest lecturers, and industry seminars and workshops.
You can get involved in Murdoch University Environmental Students’ Association (MUEnSA) and Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG) where you can participate in environmental activities and initiatives, as well as social and networking opportunities between students, staff and Industry.
You can join professional associations such as the Ecological Society of Australia as a student member or clubs such as Western Australia Naturalist’s Club, giving you networking opportunities.
You have support from staff to volunteer for a range of conservation projects including wildlife rehabilitation, Eyre Bird Observatory, Turtle Tagging, Reach Out Volunteers, Landcare, School Education out-reach programs etc.


3 years full time, 6 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Agriculture & Environmental Studies undergraduate courses at Murdoch University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 92.6% (national average 76.3%)
Improved skills: 88.9% (national average 82.5%)
Overall satisfaction: 92.6% (national average 84.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Murdoch University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Agriculture & Environmental Studies undergraduate courses at Murdoch University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 78.9% (national average 74.3%)
Studying full time: 13.3% (national average 8.0%)
Median full time salary: (national average $75,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Murdoch University Code: B1317

Entry Requirements

Selection Rank: 70