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What will I learn?

The Zoology major will provide you with the opportunity to study animals and their habitats, including Western Australia’s unique fauna. These habitats are diverse, and range from deserts through to temporary wetlands and rainforests. Zoologists discover the solutions to the problems presented by these habitats.

This major will provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of animal structure and function and the evolutionary processes that have engendered animal diversity. Zoologists also study physiology, reproduction, behaviour, community ecology and molecular genetics. Zoology underpins society’s interest in conservation and marine science, including major contributions to current research in fisheries and ecosystem management. It is envisaged that there will be up to two overnight field trips (cost of food and accommodation of up to $200 for around four nights to be paid by the student).

Career Pathways

Zoology graduates are employed in private sector companies (such as fisheries, aquaculture, resources sector), in government departments (for example, Environment, Parks and Wildlife, State Fisheries), in public agencies (such as museums and zoos) and in environment and conservation research agencies (CSIRO), while others may join academic institutions.

Further Study

The course for Honours in Zoology is a blend of coursework and research designed to introduce you to the world of research on animals. You’ll be equipped with the skills and flexibility of outlook needed to deal with rapidly changing technologies and to lead to habits of critical thinking, problem-solving, statistical analysis and effective science communication, which would serve in any leadership role. You'll be guided through each step of your research project.

The combination of formal study and practical experience offered by the course prepares you for entry into postgraduate academic research programs, and into workplaces including but not limited to environmental consultancy or local and national government research agencies. You’ll develop skills of logical and creative thinking and writing through exposure to a range of research projects via seminars, the guided formulation of a research proposal, and the iterative cycle of production feedback review refinement involved in the writing of a research paper. Honours in Zoology can lead to many careers including ecologist/biologist, environmental impact assessor, scientific researcher, science education, flora or fauna officer, government policy writer and consultant, consultant for mining companies, science journalist, laboratory technician or field research officer.

Career Opportunities

Zoologist

Environmental Consultant

Conservation Officer

Wildlife Manager

Academic

Agricultural Scientist

Animal Scientist

Animal/Plant Biotechnologist

Which department am I in?

School of Biological Sciences

CRICOS

068916E

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,125.00 (16,83,342) per year
AUD $124,500 total course fee

*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

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,125.00 (16,83,342) per year
AUD $124,500 total course fee

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

Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

UWA Albany Centre

35 Stirling Terrace,

ALBANY,

Western Australia,

6330, ALBANY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete 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); 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.

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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