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Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LGES

SATAC Code
4GD108 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Mode
On-campus

Fees
$AU 29,400 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2018

Key features

  • Gain the latest in-demand skills for professional success in environmental science.
  • Benefit from links to the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre.
  • A pathway into the UniSA Master of Environmental Science.
  • Research rated above world-class in environmental science and management1.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This qualification produces work-ready professionals who are able to meet the challenges of modern day resource management.

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science has been developed in response to industry demand. Along with the graduate certificate and master, it has been designed to meet the growing demand for skilled resource management practitioners.

In South Australia, where the state's total environmental effort is managed through natural resources management (NRM) boards, this qualification will offer you invaluable skills and opportunities. 

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

This postgraduate qualification is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification. 

If you finish this qualification and want to do further study, consider going on to the Master of Environmental Science

Why Graduate Diploma 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 degrees 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. 

An industry-based advisory group has also been established to oversee the 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

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 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 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. Employment can be found in the following areas:

  • federal and state government departments and agencies
  • local authority departments and agencies
  • large private sector industries
  • small and medium enterprises (e.g. tourism, hospitality, planning)
  • engineering and consulting companies
  • non-government organisations (there are many aid and welfare organisations operating sustainability initiatives in developing countries)

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
  • environmental manager: managing environmental management systems within an organisation; identifying, solving and alleviating environmental issues such as pollution and waste treatment; working in compliance with environmental legislation; ensuring corporate sustainable development
  • 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 projects.

You could also consider going on to a Master of Environmental Science.

Industry facts

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Employment as an environmental scientist is projected to increase by 3 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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

1Renewable 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 areas such as ecological economics, community partnerships and natural resource management. You will also take three advanced, sustainability-focused electives.

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.

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
  • assignments, essays and examinations
  • research proposals and assignments
  • 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

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Seminar in Sustainability ENVT 5007 4.5
Ecological Economics N ENVT 5041 4.5
Elective 1
Elective 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Theory and Practice ENGG 4005 4.5
Community Partnerships ENVT 5034 4.5
Natural Resource Management ENVT 5040 4.5
Elective 3

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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, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students 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

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