Interested in the ecology and conservation of wild animals? Gain the skills to implement and evaluate management programs for captive and free-ranging wildlife.

  • The Bachelor of Wildlife Science focuses on animal biology and management of wild animals through a strong understanding of biodiversity and human-wildlife interactions.
  • Undertake core coursework to develop skills in wildlife trapping, identification and animal handling to contribute to management of wildlife and game, and understand how to manage pests.
  • Gain a deep scientific knowledge of wildlife anatomy and physiology, captive breeding, reproduction, nutrition, animal health, husbandry, ecology, welfare and behaviour.
  • Study native and exotic amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals and learn how they interact with their own environment and with humans.

As a wildlife scientist, you'll make important contributions to biodiversity conservation and keep the relationship between humans and wildlife in balance.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom when you join the UQ Wildlife Association and the Gatton Students' Association.

  • Fast Facts

    Number one for Biodiversity Conservation

    UQ was ranked number one for Biodiversity Conservation and number six in Ecology in the 2017 Center for World University Rankings out of 26,000 universities in the world.

  • Alumni
    "Wildlife Science is so broad that a lot of doors open for you such as working in a zoo, or an aquarium, or working for the government in game management. For me, working with dolphins or with tigers were two of my long-term goals in life, purely because I know they are difficult fields to get into. " Lauren Gilloran, Bachelor of Applied Science (Wildlife Science) (2015)
    Dolphin Trainer, Sea World
  • In the classroom

    State-of-the-art facilities

    State-of-the-art facilities

    UQ's Gatton campus is home to the Native Wildlife Teaching and Research Facility plus specialist animal hospitals, veterinary teaching laboratories and farms.

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Career outcomes

You will find employment in research, managerial and educator roles, including:

  • as a biologist
  • as a conservation officer in ecotourism
  • as a land manager
  • in marine resource organisations
  • in vertebrate pest and game management
  • as a wildlife biologist
  • as a wildlife technician
  • in government agencies
  • in wildlife sanctuaries and zoos.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Industry placement

    You will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of 120 hours of industry placement programs in locations such as zoos, sanctuaries, wildlife parks, government agencies, welfare organisations, and animal breeding enterprises. Industry placements will add to your practical, hands-on work experience.

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  • Why study

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  • Program code
  • 787209
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English plus one of Mathematics A or Mathematics B.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Wildlife Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Wildlife Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Wildlife Science:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Wildlife Science have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Courses and Programs

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