What will I learn?

Learn to appreciate the societal and ethical contexts of conservation biology, animal behaviour and animal welfare. This degree provides you with training in retrieving, analysing and evaluating information relevant to animal behaviour, and communicating this information to a variety of audiences.

What you will study

First year

A typical first year may include:

  • core topics in the evolution of biological diversity, the molecular basis of life, introduction to animal behaviour, the nature of science, and biostatistics
  • study of chemical structure and bonding or general chemistry
  • a topic in chemistry for the life sciences
  • a selection of elective topics.

Second year

A typical second year may include:

  • core topics in experimental design and statistics for biology; genetics, evolution and biodiversity; ecology; animal diversity; the foundations of animal behaviour; and disease and immunology.

Third year

A typical third year may include:

  • core topics in conservation biology and restoration ecology, marine and freshwater biology, plant and algal diversity, integrative physiology of animals and plants, research in animal behaviour, and conservation and ecological genetics
  • a selection of elective topics.

Honours year

A typical honours year may include:

  • a major animal behaviour research thesis allowing high-performing students to progress to a higher degree by research
  • further development of professional skills, particularly those relevant to research and development.

Your career

Graduates obtain knowledge and skills transferable to various workplaces including private and public global organisations.

Potential occupations include:

  • animal behaviour consultant/specialist
  • animal welfare officer or wildlife demonstrator
  • national park officer or ranger
  • avian/wildlife ecology research assistant
  • zookeeper.

Potential employers include:

  • universities
  • zoos
  • government departments
  • research centres
  • tourism companies
  • consultancy firms

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,500.00 (19,77,248) per year
Start date

28 February 2022


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Flinders University recognises international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): B2

There are two admissions cycles for undergraduate degrees: February intake (semester 1): applications open in August for commencement the following year. All courses are open for applications. Midyear intake (semester 2): applications open in August for commencement in July the following year. Not all courses are offered.

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