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Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2018: AUD$ 31,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 33,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

  • Gain the latest in-demand skills for professional success in environmental science.
  • A pathway into the University of South Australia Master of Environmental Science.
  • Benefit from links to the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre.
  • Research rated above world-class in environmental science and management.1

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Gain the latest in-demand skills for professional success in environmental science. This Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science is designed to meet growing industry demand for skilled resource management practitioners.

Courses are delivered by our highly qualified lecturers, and by industry practitioners from various government departments and private enterprise.

If you finish this graduate certificate and want to do further study, consider going on to the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science or the Master of Environmental Science.

Why Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science

Why this Degree

Postgraduate studies in environmental science are ideal if you are already working in natural resource management and want to broaden your skills and knowledge.

Our environmental science qualifications have been developed with extensive input and support from industry experts. An industry-based advisory group has also been established to oversee these programs so that they continue to meet industry standards.

Our GIS laboratories are equipped with the latest software used in industry. You will learn using the most up-to-date Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data analysis equipment.

Your studies will benefit from links to the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre.

Real-world connections

The University of South Australia collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections.

Our research is rated at above world-class in environmental science and management1 and this research informs the basis of this qualification. The Natural and Built Environments Research Centre has partnerships with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations are addressing the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments.

The Barbara Hardy Institute has world-leading scientists, engineers and social scientists working collaboratively towards the widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices. Simply put, they do great research into sustainability.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Your career

This graduate diploma will equip you with the knowledge and skills to work in the sustainability and environmental sector.

Careers to consider:

  • environmental adviser: offering environmental support to construction sites; ensuring compliance with environmental regulations; helping to achieve environmental targets (e.g. sending zero waste to landfill); liaising with site teams, the client, stakeholders and other environmental teams
  • land management officer: engaging with and mobilising land managers to continuously improve management of their land and water through a whole of landscape approach to NRM; contributing to the operational management of parks and reserves; delivering on-ground works, community events, activities and minor projects
  • sustainability officer: setting sustainability policies, goals and objectives; reducing a company's carbon footprint in compliance with government environmental regulations; developing partnerships (e.g. with government agencies and the community) to deliver environmental sustainability projectsYou could also consider going on to a Master of Environmental Science.

Industry facts


Employment for environmental scientists in Australia is projected to increase by 3 per cent by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


Employment in Australia's renewable energy sector is expected to be 1.2 to 4 times higher by 20201.

1 Renewable Energy Jobs in 2009 and Forecasts to 2020, 2009

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop the skills to understand and manage resources within a sustainability framework. Your courses will cover sustainability; ecological economics; community partnerships; and natural resources management.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • written reports
  • assignments, essays and examinations
  • group and individual presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Seminar in Sustainability ENVT 5007 4.5
Ecological Economics N ENVT 5041 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Community Partnerships ENVT 5034 4.5
Natural Resource Management ENVT 5040 4.5

I am a lecturer in Geology and Engineering Geology. I am interested in the evolution of the continents and helping students to understand this information and its relevance to modern society – even if they're not geologists!

Dr Justin Payne

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Justin Payne

Dr Justin Payne

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will have access to our multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes campus. The $50 million facility supports our world-class research in minerals and materials science. It’s a place that blends teaching and research environments, making you part of a vibrant learning community.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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