To fix it, you need to understand it. Prepare to address the environmental challenges arising from how and where we choose to live by exploring the links between air, land, water, plants, animals and people.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
The environment is a complex, interdependent system of the atmosphere, water and soils, and the plant, animal, and human communities that rely on them.
Effective solutions to environmental challenges are dependent on science. Learn how the environment works, and how we interact with it both on a daily basis and as part of large institutions and organisations. You’ll gain interdisciplinary knowledge in water and earth sciences, ecology, policy, law, and environmental management, and learn how to integrate this knowledge to sustain healthy environments.
You’ll apply your knowledge with hands-on field and laboratory based practical learning that will bring scientific principles to life. Tap into your passion for the environment and you gain real-world skills that will give you an edge in future employment.
6 reasons to study Environmental Science at Murdoch
- Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
*Source: Good Universities Guide 2020
- Your coursework takes advantage of stunning ‘natural laboratories’ right here on campus, with two conservation category wetlands, a banksia woodland, turtles, quendas, endangered Carnaby’s and other black cockatoos, and more than 200 species of plants.
- You’ll create new environmental knowledge through research study embedded in your degree – for example you could design and investigate an environmental issue to develop management guidelines for your favourite wetland ecosystem.
- Study with active environmental practitioners with internationally respected expertise, including members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
- Get your foot in the door and create networks with a work placement with one of our many committed partners in industry, government and non-governmental organizations.
- Volunteer with external organisations or get involved in restoration projects and research on campus.
What you’ll learn
Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
- atmospheric processes and relationships to climate change
- how water, soils and plants interact and shape natural and human landscapes and waterbodies
- how to conduct ecological research to understand and mitigate threats to biodiversity
- effective, science-based techniques in environmental assessment of wetlands
- how legislation and policy underpin conservation and natural resource management.
Customise your course
Customise your course with a second major or combined degree. Adding a second major or combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some combinations we recommend:
- Conservation and Wildlife Biology
- Environmental Management and Sustainability
- Marine Biology
- Marine Science.
Mix and match up to two minors with your major; great choices include Applied Statistics, Resource Management, Sustainable Development, and more.
Your future career
Pursue a career in the fields of air and water quality, biodiversity and ecosystem restoration, climate change adaptation and mitigation, ecotourism, education, forestry, fisheries and wildlife, green/alternative energy, mining rehabilitation, natural resource management, parks management, policy formation, sustainability, urban planning or waste management.
Careers could include:
- Atmospheric or Climate Change Scientist
- Environmental Consultant
- Environmental Ecologist
- Natural Resource Manager
- Restoration Ecologist.
You could work in the private sector as a consultant, in government organisations across all levels – local through international, or in a research facility.
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus or external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
This course can be completed internally or externally. External students will be required to attend classes on-campus for some units.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
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