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Solving today’s challenges for future generations

The environment is a critical part of our everyday lives. From climate change and overpopulation, to pollution, natural resources, ecosystems and land management, studying the environment means you can play role in solving today’s challenges for future generations.

UNE is one of Australia’s leading providers of education in environmental science. With our state-of-the-art facilities and team of world class scientists we tackle some of the major world environmental challenges such as food security, pollution, climate change and conserving threatened species.

Our Bachelor of Environmental Science allows a wide choice of electives and study areas, tailored to suit your career goals. You can learn about air, soil, water, plants and wildlife and develop skills in the field and laboratory to solve real world problems.

Alternatively, you can combine your degree with a Bachelor of Laws for more options in environmental sciences and law. You can also progress to our Honours and Masters programs.

Explore the Environment courses on offer at UNE. 

Courses by study level

The environmental problems that we face in a rapidly changing world require solutions developed by skilled scientists and innovators. UNE’s Bachelor of Environmental Science gives you a broad foundation in the theories and practice that underpin a multidisciplinary career working to solve regional, national and global environmental issues.

With a range of majors and electives covering the breadth of environmental science, you will find a program of study that suits you. Access state-of-the-art facilities in our interactive learning environment both on-campus and online, allowing you to tailor your study.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

The world requires skilled scientists and innovators to develop the solutions to the complex environmental problems facing a rapidly changing planet. Combined with a contemporary understanding of the theory and practice of law, the UNE Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Laws will open the door to a wide range of evolving career opportunities. Our double degree provides you with a professionally accredited law degree with a comprehensive grounding in regional, national and global environmental science and natural resource issues. You will graduate with broad knowledge and technical skills to apply to a wide range of professions, and benefit from UNE’s specialist regional, rural and remote perspective in both fields.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Geoscience plays a crucial role in finding, extracting and managing earth resources. These minerals and energy resources are essential to almost every aspect of our day-to-day modern life. Studying UNE’s Bachelor of GeoScience online or on campus will open doors to a range of opportunities for you in this critical field. Our course has a strong practical focus on earth science, geology and GIS, allowing you to upskill and safeguard your career. You will expand your knowledge of our planet’s composition, structure and natural geological systems, and hone your skills in managing the earth’s resource to secure their continuing contribution to our socio-economic wellbeing in the future.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
Bachelor of Science

Constant technological disruption and new discoveries in science influence every aspect of our lives, meaning that there has never been a better time than now to safeguard your future career with scientific knowledge and practical skills. With 20 majors to choose from, UNE’s Bachelor of Science is flexibly delivered by experts in research and teaching. Tailor your degree towards generalist or specialist science, while developing a broad scientific base and refining your abilities in critical analysis and complex problem solving. Our majors span the pure and applied sciences, with specialisation available in traditional disciplines and emerging fields.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Work with people to build a better world and make a real difference with the Bachelor of Sustainability at UNE. Our degree integrates the social sciences and humanities with environmental sciences and natural resource management to give you a thorough understanding of sustainability and help you build on your experience to develop real-world strategies that work. By broadening your knowledge, plus honing your critical, analytical and problem-solving skills, you can advance your career while working towards finding tangible solutions for environmental and social dilemmas.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Contribute to world class research by completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours at UNE. Position yourself with advanced science knowledge in an era of rapid change. Our honours course goes beyond the normal practical and field training and provides you with a wide range of cross-disciplinary applied research opportunities to foster your development as a skilled research professional.

We offer a range of majors spanning the pure and applied sciences, working with UNE’s internationally recognised research disciplines. Our flexible, innovative learning environment equips you with advanced discipline knowledge and skills in critical thinking, data analysis and problem-solving to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Environmental factors play an increasing role in decision making in many fields. The ability to take these factors into account and improve the productivity and sustainability of environmental systems to meet the current and future needs of communities and industry is in demand in the workplace. UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science gives you a foundation in environmental science, allowing you to upskill and expand your knowledge, whether you wish to pivot in your career or add value to your role.

With future-proofed skills and an in-depth understanding of environmental problems and their management, you will be better placed to anticipate and respond to the challenges we’re facing in a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 0.5 or 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Natural hazards like bushfires, floods, cyclones and pandemics can cause social and economic disaster in any city or region across the globe. UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards explores how societies can best mitigate and build resilience to natural hazards. We explore the geography of natural hazards and the planning and policy approaches that address them. You will learn how to critically analyse natural hazards and disasters, and the challenge of reducing disaster through governance. The skills you acquire will help you be responsive and adaptive in the world and your workplace.

Duration
  • Up to 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

In the rapidly changing world of science and technology, it has never been more important to refine and expand your expertise. UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Science, flexibly delivered online or on campus, gives you the opportunity to complete intensive graduate-level study in science, whether you want to upskill or you are seeking to update your discipline knowledge. With 11 majors to choose from, and options to continue to further higher degree research, you can safeguard your career and be ready to adapt and respond to challenges you will face in this diverse and dynamic field.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • Up to 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Natural hazards like bushfires, floods, cyclones and pandemics can cause social and economic disaster in any city or region across the globe. UNE’s Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards explores how societies can best mitigate and build resilience to natural hazards. We explore the geography of natural hazards, their environmental and geo-political contexts, and planning and policy approaches to address them. You will learn how to critically analyse natural hazards, the disasters they can cause, the natural and social contexts in which they occur, and the challenge of reducing disaster through governance. The skills you acquire will help you be informed and resilient in the world and your workplace.

Duration
  • 0.5 or 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Whether you want to upgrade your expertise or pivot to another scientific speciality, UNE’s Graduate Diploma in Science allows you to hone your skills and future proof your career. Flexibly delivered, and with 14 majors in diverse scientific disciplines to choose from, you can tailor the course to your strengths and interests. Add value to your role and ensure you can adapt and thrive in the rapidly changing world of science and technology.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
Master of Arts

Employers value skills in communication, critical thinking and research — the core skills you’ll develop in the Master of Arts at UNE. A master’s degree can be a qualification to enable a career change or provide you with additional expertise to upskill in your current area of interest. At UNE you have the flexibility to choose a major from 26 specialty areas, dive into research, and tailor the course to suit your interests or professional direction. On completion, you will have developed the knowledge and skills that will better prepare you to deal with the diverse challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

The world is faced by rapidly advancing environmental challenges, with complex interactions between industry, government and communities driving development in the sector. Be ready to adapt and innovate to produce solutions to tomorrow’s environmental problems with UNE’s Master of Environmental Science and Management.

Our course builds on your expertise with advanced interdisciplinary conceptual and scientific knowledge, provides you with opportunities to hone your applied technical skills in the field or laboratory, and consolidates your applied research and problem-solving skills. With units that cover a range of environmental science specialities and the option to complete a research project, you can tailor the course to meet your needs.

Future proof your career and add value to your role by upgrading your professional knowledge in this constantly changing field.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Natural hazards like bushfires, floods, cyclones and pandemics can cause social and economic disaster in any city or region across the globe. UNE’s Master of Planning and Management of Natural Hazards offers a multidisciplinary, high-level exploration of natural hazards — through coursework and your supervised dissertation — to prepare leaders in the field of hazard mitigation and disaster reduction. You will learn advanced skills for researching and responding to natural hazards, the disasters they cause, the contexts in which they occur, and methods of disaster reduction. You will build critical-thinking and problem-solving capacities through robust coursework and guided, independent research. These skills are in demand across a range of professions and will assist in future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 1.5 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

With a wide range of majors in both the pure and applied sciences, UNE’s Master of Scientific Studies provides you with specialised training in your chosen scientific discipline. Do you want to be able to respond to constant technological disruption in the workplace by learning more about big data? Perhaps you are passionate about biodiversity and want to refine your knowledge of Australian plants and animals. Are you upskilling to position yourself at the cutting-edge of new medical discoveries?

Our coursework Master’s degree gives you opportunities to future proof your career by expanding on your expertise, upgrading your applied skills, and developing the advanced knowledge needed to solve complex problems in the rapidly changing world of science and technology.

Duration
  • 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

A Doctor of Philosophy is the pinnacle of academic study. Using rigorous and systematic research, combined with critical analysis, you will add to society’s understanding of complex issues at the cutting edge of your discipline or profession.

When you complete your PhD at UNE, you will be recognised as an expert in your area of study. Your original discoveries and innovations will be applied to benefit society and industry in Australia and worldwide.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Become an agent of change in the complex and evolving world of environmental science and play a key role in fixing today’s problems for future generations. With a focus on the major environmental challenges that currently face the world, UNE’s Master of Environmental Science (Research) provides you with the opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists to produce original research and develop specialist knowledge in your field.

At UNE we have a long tradition of producing environmental science research of the highest calibre in a collaborative, innovative academic environment. Future proof your career with knowledge and research skills that are highly valued and be prepared to adapt and respond to the challenges you will face as our understanding of climate change, food security, sustainability and conservation advances.

Duration
  • 2 years full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Bespoke Graduate Certificate: design your own 4 unit postgraduate course and have your work experience recognised in the process.
  • ‘Fundamental’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four fundamental units from a traditional degree. If you are planning a new direction, or adding a new set of skills to your portfolio, you may want to start with this option. These units provide a foundation, or a ‘base camp’, to return to if you want to later progress to a full degree.
  • ‘Advanced’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four advanced units from a full degree. This is a great strategy for staying current in your field, or advancing your knowledge.
  • ‘Critical Content’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four units from any of the available units in a degree to create a Critical Content Bespoke Course. This option lets you get the knowledge you need without the time and cost of a full degree.
  • ‘Mix and Match’ Bespoke Course: combine two, three or four units from different degrees and disciplines to design your mix and match Bespoke Course. This option lets you diversify your knowledge.

What our students say

Bachelor of Rural Science graduate Sara Paton leans over a gate on a sunny day on a rural property

Getting hands-on in the practicals, meeting students with similar passions and interesting life experiences, and getting to know our lecturers are some of the great experiences at intensive schools.

Sara Paton, Bachelor of Rural Science graduate

Why study with us?

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Where studying Environment can take you

A qualification in the environmental sciences from UNE can set you on the path to a career in:

  • government departments
  • environmental protection
  • environmental consultancy
  • wildlife management
  • aquatic ecology
  • water and land management
  • ecotourism
  • geographical information systems (GIS)
  • research and conservation
  • policy development and analysis.

A career in Environment

A degree in environmental science means you can choose from a range of exciting careers including environmental protection, environmental consultancy, government policy maker, national park manager, zoo curator, ecotourism, research and conservation. The skills you will acquire in your studies will help you to future proof you career.

Mine Geologist, Newmont Goldcorp
Blake Larter

I studied geochemistry, ore deposit geology, geophysics and GIS mapping. When I left as a graduate, I hit the ground running and was considered a semi expert in an emergent field.

Senior Project Officer, NSW Department of Planning
Sarah Horne

On-campus suited me for my first year as an undergraduate, while online suited me better in second year while I worked. I even changed back to on-campus later on as home/work life changed again!

Mining Engineer
Jessie Cooke

With the hands on and industry ready way the classes are taught I have learnt skills that have allowed me to work in some of the most amazing places in Australia.

The Australian Government’s Job Outlook website says environmental science as a profession has experienced strong growth in recent years, and further growth is expected into the future. It lists the current average weekly pay for Conservation Officers, Environmental Consultants, Environmental Research Scientists and other Environmental Scientists at $1779.

A five-star experience

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1. Decide on your course

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3. Receive an offer, enrol and start studying

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