Enhance your skills and knowledge in the management of natural systems and the species they support with a specialisation in Zoology.


Zoologists are concerned with theoretical topics as diverse as molecular evolution, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and community ecology, and with applied aspects that range from fauna conservation and pest management to stream ecology and water quality studies.

Five reasons to study Masters of Biological Science with a specialisation in Zoology:

1. Discover the vast diversity of animals in south-west Western Australia and beyond
2. Understand how these animals interact with each other and their surrounding environment.
3. Gain first-hand experience with these animals in both the laboratory and the field
4. Appreciate how climate change will affect this fauna along with the impact of other threats such as habitat destruction and fragmentation.
5. Learn how scientific knowledge can be used to develop and implement management strategies to combat these threats.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Biological Science with a specialisation in Zoology will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure, function, diversity and evolution of animals, as well as the interaction of animals with each other and the environment.

Students will have the opportunity to study animals and their habitats, including Western Australia's exciting fauna. These habitats are diverse, and range from deserts through to temporary wetlands and rainforests and ultimately the sea. Zoologists discover the solutions to the problems presented by these habitats.

This specialisation integrates theory with practical (both field and laboratory) studies utilising many of the animals and ecosystems from the diverse state of Western Australia as examples.

The Faculty is well equipped for teaching through the School of Animal Biology and is supported by the world class research of the Centre for Evolutionary Biology, the Oceans Institute, and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.

Students must nominate a specialisation on application, the Master of Biological Science has specialisations in;

The course structure and units are available at UWA Handbook.

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

Master of Biological Science Course code: 72520

Master of Biological Science CRICOS code: 074948B

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The Master of Biological Science is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.
While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

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Career opportunities

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

Related careers

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Further study opportunities

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

a relevant bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the online application system (OASys):


Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

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Master of Biological Science: Zoology: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
Please refer to the UWA handbook  
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Central Wing Agriculture Building (M083)
6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
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