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Bachelor of  Wildlife Science

Program code: 2388
QTAC code: 787209
CRICOS code: 087888B




3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

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.

    Watch the video

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.

    Find out more
  • Employability

    Concurrent vocational certificates

    Broaden your skill set and increase your employability by concurrently enrolling in the UQ-GVEC Certificate IV in Captive Animals, Certificate III in Rural Operations or the Farm Ready program.

    UQ Gatton Vocational Education Centre
  • Why study

    Get to know Gatton campus



  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


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

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Wildlife Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $38,896
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Wildlife Science for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Wildlife Science depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

International students must undertake this program on campus at UQ on a full time basis to be eligible to apply for an Australian student visa. Please contact UQ International.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Wildlife Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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