Build on your knowledge and gain skills in research methodologies, communication and entrepreneurship by undertaking an independent research project in the Bachelor of Wildlife Science (Honours).

  • This one-year research program is designed for students who have completed a Bachelor of Wildlife Science or a related animal science program – see Program Details for entry requirements. It offers valuable experience relevant to a career in wildlife research.
  • Undertake high level analysis as you complete an independent research project. Assessment involves preparation of a literature review on your selected topic, a research seminar and poster, and an extensive research thesis outlining your findings.
  • Work closely with a specialist wildlife researcher throughout your honours year and gain valuable experience and networks to pursue a research career or move into a diverse range of employment within wildlife and conservation fields.
  • Graduate with an honours qualification that provides valuable experience in independent analysis and research. It is excellent preparation for postgraduate study by coursework or a higher degree such as a PhD.

Design, implement and present an wildlife research project that emphasises the importance of your chosen topic, establishes methodology, and uses data analysis to draw defensible conclusions.

  • In the classroom

    Work closely with experts

    During your honours year, you'll work closely with internationally respected researchers and academics who will guide your studies. Students also undertake coursework in small and supportive groups, which facilitates more in-depth class discussions.

  • Campus 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.

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.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Bachelor of Wildlife Science or Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent with a GPA of 5; and satisfied any additional requirements set by the Head of School; or

Satisfied the Executive Dean and Head of School that the applicant is qualified to undertake honours based on the applicant's academic records; and subject to completion of additional work if set.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Wildlife Science (Honours) 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 (Honours). 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.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Further study options

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

Courses and Programs

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