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Bachelor of Animal Science

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

With the Bachelor of Animal Science at Murdoch University, you'll learn how to improve quality, safety, sustainability and humane practice as an animal scientist.

The course covers farm and agricultural practices, animal management, disease control and molecular DNA techniques. You'll also learn how food and fibre production works, and find new ways to improve these techniques.

You'll be trained in animal handling, have the chance to work on an independent research project and take part in industry placements, applying your knowledge in a practical training environment.

The course has professional recognition from the Ag Institute Australia.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFT) CPA 54 or higher; OR
  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above 70; OR
  • Achieved a multiple choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia

It is also highly desirable for students to have studied WACE Chemistry 3A/3B and at least Mathematics 2A/2B.

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

Areas of study

In this animal science course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Building blocks for science students
  • What is science?
  • Introduction to livestock science and genetics
  • Foundations of vertebrate form and function
  • Cell biology
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Fundamentals of chemistry
  • Psychology: measurement, design and analysis
  • Introduction to research methodology and evidence-based practice
  • Research in the physical and life sciences
  • Comparative mammalian biochemistry
  • Animal production systems II
  • Animal structure and function
  • Advanced quantitative research methods
  • Innovation and ethics in science
  • Research and evidence based practice
  • Advanced research methods in science
  • Veterinary nutrition and animal toxicology
  • Animal production systems III
  • Animal industry experience

Plus your choice of general elective units.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Animal Science from Murdoch University.

With over 75 per cent of Murdoch University's Animal Science graduates in full-time employment, and 20 per cent pursuing further study (according to Gradlink surveys over the past five years), this course offers graduates strong employment pathways. You'll have the opportunity to seek work as a consulting, government research and more.

The course has professional recognition from the Ag Institute Australia.

Curious about where a career in animal care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Animal Technician
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Life Scientist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Animal Biologist
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Aquaculturist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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