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Master of Science (Ecotourism)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM204

CRICOS 095736G

Ecotourism, a blend of science and tourism, draws together aspects of biology, geology and ecology for students to understand and be able to communicate the science underpinning tourists’ experience of our natural world.

The postgraduate program in ecotourism is the most comprehensive science-based ecotourism program in Australia, and has been designed to meet a pressing industry need for ecotourism nationally and internationally. Students have the opportunity to specialise in geotourism or nature-based tourism, and may choose from a range of electives to further broaden their knowledge. Elective choices in law, wine science, marketing and entrepreneurship will help students become industry-ready for a career in ecotourism both within Australia and internationally.

There is a strong research component within this program, as well as a number of community, government and industry events where students will gain a direct appreciation for the number of graduate career opportunities available within this sector.
  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 3CM204
    Intake July
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree with a GPA of 4.5 or higher.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM204

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 095736G
    Intake July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $29,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Ecotourism is a huge growth area locally, nationally and internationally as today’s tourists desire to explore, gain unique experiences and ultimately understand the world. This program has been designed to meet this pressing industry need and to create graduates who are leaders in their field who can understand, explain, and educate others on the science of a landscape.

    The program opens a range of graduate career opportunities, such as those in government, wineries, regional councils, policy and strategy, marketing, consulting, and management of ecotourism companies.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Potential careers

    Land Resources and Land Care, Marine Biologist, National Parks / Ranger, Natural Resource Manager, Ecotourism, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Environmental Remediation Officer, Resource Management, Resource Manager, Science Communicators, Sustainability Manager, Tourism, Wildlife Officer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1 ECOTOUR 7000 Science for Ecotourism (3 units) Approved Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Elective 1 x 3 units
    SCIENCE 7020 Communicating Science (Winter School) (3 units) Approved Elective 1 x 3 units
    ECOTOUR 7010 Perspectives in Science Based Ecotourism (3 units) Approved Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year2 ECOTOUR 7020 Research Methods in Ecotourism (3 units)
    ECOTOUR 7030 Ecotourism Research Project (12 units)
    Geotourism specialisationNature Based Tourism specialisation

    Students choose three of the following:

    GEOLOGY 7010 Sedimentary Geology
    GEOLOGY 7020 Structural Geology
    GEOLOGY 7030 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
    GEOLOGY 7050 Earth Systems History
    GEOLOGY 7040 Tectonics
    Students choose three of the following:

    ENV BIOL 7010 Botany
    ENV BIOL 7020 Zoology
    ENV BIOL 7030 Ecology
    ENV BIOL 7040 Plant Identification
    ENV BIOL 7050 Evolution of Australian Biota
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Last updated: Monday, 4 Sep 2017


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