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What will I learn?

Course details

The extended major in Biodiversity and Evolution is designed for students interested in understanding the evolution and maintenance of the outstanding biodiversity that exists in Australia, with a special emphasis on Western Australia, a globally recognised hotspot of animal and plant diversity. This extended major explores the basics of animal and plant biology and how these systems have evolved, adapted and diversified.

About the course

This major explores the basics of animal and plant biology and how these systems have adapted and diversified in the unique environments found in Australia. It explores how biodiversity arose through the processes of evolution from the molecular genetic to the community levels. There will be opportunities to study animals and plants living in a diverse range of habitats in Western Australia, from deserts to forests and tropical reefs, and to carry out your studies in both the classroom and in the field.

By studying zoology, botany, ecology and molecular biology with leading academics and industry partners, you will gain the discipline specific expertise and practical skills, along with employability skills in critical and innovative thinking and communication, to undertake employment opportunities in environmental consulting, conservation programs and fauna and flora management, as well as academic research.

This major will also prepare you for entry into Honours in Zoology and the Master of Biological Science.

Career Pathways

Graduates are employed in private sector companies (such as consultancy companies, resources sector), in government departments (for example, Environment; Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Primary Industries and Regional Development; State Fisheries), in public agencies (such as botanic gardens, museums and zoos) and environment and conservation research agencies (CSIRO), while others may join academic institutions.

Careers and further study

This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Which department am I in?

School of Biological Sciences

CRICOS

107722K

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,504.00 (22,58,107) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

35 Stirling Highway,

CRAWLEY,

Western Australia,

6009, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete A grade of 3 or higher in AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students are required to complete an international academic qualification equivalent to Australian High School (or equivalent).

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) - English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English B at HL - Minimum score 5; PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About The University of Western Australia (UWA)

UWA is the only Western Australian university ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide.

  • World-top 100 university - QS World University Rankings 2021
  • 5-stars for teaching quality (Good Universities Guide 2020)
  • A proud member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight
  • 11 subject areas in world’s top 50 QS Rankings 2020