Why study zoology?

Zoology is the study of animals and their ecology, behaviour, structure, physiology, development, origin, and distributions. Study individual animals down to the molecular level, as well as their populations and communities and the ways they interact with plants and the physical environment.

Join our field courses to the Victorian Mallee or Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. You will have access to La Trobe's Wildlife Sanctuary - 30ha of bushland on the Melbourne campus, in which you will gain first-hand experience in ecological techniques.

Career opportunities

Our students have found work in conservation, park management, natural resource management and research in non-government organisations such as Murrumbidgee Irrigation and the Trust for Nature, government agencies and environmental consultancy companies.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Master of Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura Shepparton

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time2 years

Sharon Pham,
Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

"I chose this course as a pathway into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)."

Zoology placements

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.