Graduate Certificate in Science (Ecotourism) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC083

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions for 2019.

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 course 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 course, 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

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GC083
    Intake July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree with a GPA of 4.5 or higher.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GC083

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $16,500 for 12 units

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • 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 course 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 Project Officer, Environmental Remediation Officer, Resource Management, Resource Manager, Science Communicators, Sustainability Manager, Tourism, Wildlife Officer

  • Degree Structure

    Example Study Plan

    Core courses

    All of the following core courses must be completed:


    Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

    Science electives


    Other electives 

    • ENTREP 5016 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 units)
    • ENTREP 7019 Social Entrepreneurship (3 units)
    • ENTREP 7022 Creativity and Innovation (3 units)
    • LAW 7177 Introduction to Australian Law (3 units)
    • LAW 7181 Introduction to Environmental Law PG (3 units)

  • Further Information

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Sunday, 26 Apr 2020