Postgraduate

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science

Are you looking to advance your environmental training in specialised fields, or change careers from geology, engineering, zoology, botany or sustainability? Gain skills in environmental monitoring, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, environmental impact assessment and environmental education.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

G1053

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

1

Selection rank

CRICOS code

002991F
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Get hands-on experience

In our native bushlands, wetlands, banskia woodlands and gardens during your course.

Benefit from industry connections

Experience work integrated learning, guest lecturers, industry seminars and workshops.

Volunteer for projects

There are many opportunities to participate in environmental activities and initiatives.

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Semester 2 Semester 2
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Overview

Effectively managing human interactions with the environment requires a thorough understanding of the inter-relationships between land, water, air, biota and people. As an environmental professional, you’ll need a clear understanding of the procedures and skills involved in investigating complex environmental issues in different settings such as urban, mining, agriculture and aquatic.

Upgrade your qualification in Environmental Science, or get the skills and knowledge you need to move into the field if you already work in geology, forestry, agriculture, zoology, botany or planning. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the science, policies, procedures and techniques of environmental planning and management. When you graduate, you’ll have a multidisciplinary understanding of Environmental Science, and be proficient in a range of techniques employed in environmental management.

5 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science at Murdoch

  • Broaden your skills and add value to your undergraduate qualifications in geology, environmental engineering, planning or forestry, and learn about environmental monitoring, management and assessment.
  • Fit study around your work commitments by choosing to study on-campus, online, full-time or part-time with this highly flexible degree format.
  • Take advantage of our scholarships such as the Murdoch University Academic Excellence Award.
  • Looking to complete a Master? On completion of this course, you may be eligible for entry into our one-year Master of Environmental Science.
  • If you’re an international student seeking employment in an environmental career or wish to pursue Master of Environmental Science, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing as used in environmental management and planning
  • environmental monitoring including use of GIS and remote sensing for designing, implementing and managing large monitoring programs
  • how to effectively implement education strategies to engage individuals, communities and organisations in change processes to achieve environmental and sustainability outcomes
  • understanding of sustainable land and water management with particular reference to agricultural, forestry and mining activities.

Your career

Our students have successfully gained employment in the public and private sectors, including the consulting industry in Australia and overseas.

After completing this graduate diploma, you will be able to pursue careers in environmental consulting, monitoring and management, community education and engagement, gain employment in the resources sector or federal, state and local government departments with portfolios in environment, water, energy and mining, agriculture, biodiversity conservation, coastal management and planning, or their international counterparts.

Careers could include:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Scientist – Impact Assessment and Management
  • Regional Planning Coordinator
  • Bushland Management Officer
  • Natural Resource Management (NRM) Officer.

Professional recognition

Depending on your specialisation, you will be eligible to join the following professional bodies:

  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • Australasian Land and Groundwater Association
  • Environmental Consultants Association
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • International Association for Impact Assessment
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Soil Science Australia
  • Australian Society for Freshwater Science
  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists.

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You can apply to start studying at the following times.
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Semester 2 Semester 2
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Structure

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English Requirements

You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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