Graduate Diploma in Science (Ecotourism)

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD098
CRICOS 095737F

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions in 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

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GD098
    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: 3GD098

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 095737F
    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
    C1 Advanced 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
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $33,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $42,500


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

  • Degree Structure

    Example Study Plan

    Core courses

    All of the following core courses must be completed:

    Science electives (9 units minimum)

    Courses to the value of at least 9 units from the following:

    Other electives (3 units minimum)

    Courses to the value of at least 3 units from the following:

    • 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

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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020