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Master of Biological Science: Zoology

Course Description


The southwest of Western Australia is a global biodiversity hot-spot. The University of Western Australia is perfectly positioned to use the fauna of this region in the training of Zoologists.

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.

The Master of Biological Science, with a specialisation in Zoology, will provide you 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.

Course description, features and facilities

The Zoology specialisation provides you with 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 rain forests. 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 with animal houses, controlled temperature rooms and access to Rottnest Island and the Harry Waring Marsupial Reserve. We are supported by three world leading research centres:
The Centre for Evolutionary Biology,
The Oceans Institute,
Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.

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

International students may be eligible for scholarships:
For course structure see:

Attendance type:

Master of Biological Science Course code: 72520

Master of Biological Science CRICOS code: 074948B


These details are currently correct; however only details from the official UWA site should be relied upon for your decisions.

Visit the Master of Biological Science: Zoology page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

Becas Chile CONICYT - No. of awards TBC

The Chilean Government scholarship program, Becas Chile, and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) have announced the opening of the 2014 round of master’s and PhD scholarships.

The scholarships are intended to prepare professionals from all knowledge areas to study in any country outside Chile. Upon return to Chile, the expectation is that graduates will apply their acquired knowledge to contribute to the scientific, academic, economic, social and cultural development of the country. Citizens of Chile and other nationalities who have permanent residence in Chile can apply for these scholarships to either start or continue studies leading to a master’s or PhD degree at leading institutions abroad.Applicants need to submit a valid letter of offer from an overseas institution when they apply for the scholarship. The letter may be conditional, provided that it is subject to one of the following:
• improvement of the applicant’s level of English
• financial requirement to meet the tuition fees
• attainment of a master’s degree in the case of PhD applicants. Study programs must be offered by universities or research centres classified within the top 150 places according to the Times Higher Education ranking or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai, ARWU). CONICYT has provided a list of these universities on their website. The study program may also sit within the first 50 places in the subject-specific rankings.
In the case of applications for master’s programs, Australian institutions will need to provide the applicant with documentary evidence of the excellence of the selected program/university or demonstrate the institution’s leadership in their field through international rankings or accredited local rankings. Universities that achieve ERA ratings of three to five should include information relevant to the program in the letter of offer (Clause 4.2.2. of the Master and PhD booklets refers).Awardees that need to improve their English prior to the commencement of their program have two options:
• attain the required level of English in Chile by enrolling in a program organised by Becas Chile
• undertake English studies in the study destination as required.In the second option, the awardee will need to cover the cost of the program (unless there is a benefit offered by the foreign education provider) and CONICYT will cover the flight and stipend (for up to six months). If you would like further information, please contact Ms Viviana Gaete, [email protected] Education Manager, Austrade Santiago.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Citizens of Chile

Application Procedure

More information about the scholarships and this round can be found (in Spanish) on the CONICYT website:
• master’s program
• PhD program

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The equivalent (as recognised by the Faculty) of a bachelor's degree from this University with a relevant major.The equivalent (as recognised by the Faculty) of a Graduate Diploma in Biological Science of this University.These degrees from this University.

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