Master of Wildlife and Health Conservation

Murdoch University

Wildlife health is no longer an isolated discipline, with widespread recognition that it reflects and impacts the health of the environment, humans and domestic animal species (the "One Health" concept). The Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation aims to provide graduates of biology, ecology, and environmental science with applied training in veterinary aspects of wildlife health that can be incorporated into conservation and One Health programs. This course will teach students practical and theoretical research skills required to work in multidisciplinary teams to address wildlife health and conservation issues, including Disease Risk Analysis, disease surveillance methods and techniques, and pathology of wildlife. Core units include research methods and scientific communication, developing critical skills to ensure graduates can conduct and convey research appropriately in this growth field. Specified electives enable students to choose from special interest topics including a research project or placement. Projects may take place in Australia or overseas, providing scope for students to pursue particular interests or areas of current activity. Graduates of this degree are equipped for a range of careers including with wildlife conservation projects, as well as NGOs and government departments involved in the management of wildlife for biodiversity outcomes and species protection. This course will provide graduates with a broad range of career opportunities delivering expertise in wildlife health and disease as it applies to conservation outcomes. These include organisations involved in species conservation/recovery and translocation/reintroduction programs, such as conservation NGOs, government conservation/wildlife departments, zoos, and other not-for-profit wildlife agencies.

Entry Requirements:

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science or in Plant Biosecurity or an equivalent, including honours, in the biological, ecological, environmental or animal sciences; students with a Bachelor's degree in the biological, ecological, environmental or animal sciences with at least 3 years of relevant work experience are also eligible for admission as determined by the Academic Chair; students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0, or equivalent proficiency test; students who undertake English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will still be required to sit a proficiency test

Subjects you can Study:

Wildlife and health conservation

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info Yes Part time
Murdoch No info Yes Full time 2 years
Murdoch No info Yes Online

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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