unisa logo

Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
LHST

SATAC Code
4BH010 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
View full entry requirements

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • A one-year honours degree where you'll learn about proactively managing environmental impacts on business activities.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of environmental performance and expectations within organisations.
  • Undertake a multi-disciplinary Environmental Research Project in an area of sustainability that interests you most.
  • 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 management1.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

Environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges we face in our global community.

Today’s organisations conduct business within complex legal structures. Stakeholder demands are increasing and environmental performance expectations are becoming more time-consuming. Most organisations must now demonstrate proactive management of the environmental impact of their business activities.

If you have a genuine concern for the environment, a commitment to sustainability and a desire to continue learning, this qualification is for you. You will complete a multi-disciplinary Environmental Research Project in an area of sustainability that interests you most. If you finish this one-year qualification and wish to continue, you could consider applying for a research degree with our Division of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

Why Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours)

Why this Degree

This qualification prepares you for postgraduate research. You will complete a specific project and develop an understanding of multi-disciplinary approaches to research in sustainability.

Our environmental science qualifications have been developed with extensive input and support from industry experts. Their knowledge has contributed to the development of course content and delivery methods. The contemporary course content reflects the current state of play in environmental management and sustainability in Australia and overseas.

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

Real-world connections

UniSA 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 works in partnership with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations to address 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[4], and alumni events[5] in Australia and overseas.

1 Source: 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Your career

This qualification is designed to position you for further studies, such as a research degree with our Division of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

Employment prospects in environmental science, surveying, and the spatial sciences in Australia are expected to grow between now and 2020. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:

  • 3 per cent over for environmental scientists
  • 12.1 per cent for surveyors and spatial scientists1

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

Industry facts

job-listings

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 

line-graph-growth

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 others are saying

In the first year of my bachelor degree I worked as a Research Assistant with one of UniSA’s research institutes. I discovered my passion for community engagement and science education through this experience and it led me towards my honours project.

Bianca Hollow

Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours)

Bianca Hollow

Bianca Hollow

Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In this intensive year of study you will be introduced to the research process and develop a sound understanding of research methods. You will learn how to develop the elements of a research proposal, such as a literature review and a methodology and plan. At the same time, you will be developing the approach for your own research.

Many research areas in sustainability are too complex for a single discipline to address; therefore you will learn how to integrate information from a variety of disciplines. You may choose to work on a research topic that requires a multi-disciplinary approach or a more traditional discipline-based project.

Two advanced electives will strengthen your environmental knowledge and develop additional skills for your own research project in the form of an honours thesis.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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 (independent study). 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. 

Assessment

Assessment

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
  • research proposals and assignments
  • essays and examinations
  • oral 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

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Directed Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Research Theory and Practice ENGG 4005 4.5
Environmental Sustainability Research Thesis 1 ENVT 4030 4.5
Students choose one of the following three course options:
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5
OR
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 4.5
OR
Directed Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Environmental Sustainability Research Thesis 2 ENVT 4029 18

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

Enquire
Portrait image for Dr Justin Payne
Portrait image for Dr Justin Payne

Dr Justin Payne

Program Director

Enquire

Scholarships

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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, an ideal 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

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Ask UniSA

anchor-arrow
More FAQs

Future study opportunities

anchor-arrow