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Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)

Understand animals to assess their welfare, survival and evolution.

Learn to appreciate the societal and ethical contexts of conservation biology, animal behaviour and animal welfare. This degree provides you with training in retrieving, analysing and evaluating information relevant to animal behaviour, and communicating this information to a variety of audiences.

Quick Facts

Duration: 3 years full-time
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $36,700
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
Prerequisites: None
Assumed knowledge: None
IELTS total:
Pearson overall score: 50
CRICOS code: 074770A
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study Animal Behaviour at Flinders

  • Get hands-on experience with lab work, fieldtrips and camps where you can witness and analyse animal behaviour in the field from your first year
  • No background in science required, just an inquiring mind
  • Access unique topics in animal behaviour specifically developed for this degree
  • Learn from researchers working on local and international projects
  • Examine animal behaviour from many perspectives, including adaptation and evolution, ecology, biodiversity, physiology, growth and development, and genetic ancestry
  • Forms the basis for further study in areas such as behavioural ecology, conservation biology, education, medicine (human and veterinary), psychology and law

Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

  • Monitor the behaviour of several species of animals in the Biology Discovery Centre.
  • Apply your knowledge in research projects and during field trips.
  • Experience the work of real-life fieldwork scientists working with wild animals.
  • Learn practical information, including urban planning for wildlife, sustainable agriculture and fisheries, conservation management, and nature-based tourism.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Graduates obtain knowledge and skills transferable to various workplaces including private and public global organisations.

Potential occupations include:

  • animal behaviour consultant/specialist
  • animal welfare officer or wildlife demonstrator
  • national park officer or ranger
  • avian/wildlife ecology research assistant
  • zookeeper.

Potential employers include:

  • universities
  • zoos
  • government departments
  • research centres
  • tourism companies
  • consultancy firms.