Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management

  • 70
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR
  • Duration

    3 years full-time
    or part-time equiv.
  • Start Dates

    February and July*

Stand up for the environment

Earth is home to 7 billion people—and we’re careless. Businesses dump waste into oceans. Loggers cut down precious forests. Animal species die out.

Environmental policy stops this from happening: rainforest protections, national parks, fishing guidelines, wildlife sanctuaries. Environmental policy makers problem-solve and protect. They stand between the environment and processes that exploit it.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management challenges you to make a positive impact. You will:

  • research how humans affect natural environments
  • explore approaches to conservation and sustainability
  • create policy and plans for managing environmental problems
  • learn about climate change, biodiversity, population growth and resource scarcity.

There are also travel opportunities. We offer exchanges and study tours where you’ll tackle real-life problems in vulnerable communities.

Where could it take you?

Environmental expertise is in demand. You could spend your days outdoors as a park ranger or draw up plans for big business and government. You might set up programs to restore habitats for local wildlife. Perhaps you’ll work towards sustainability in remote communities, build policy around renewable energy, or get involved with ecotourism.


  • Help rescue our planet from environmental destruction
  • Drive the creation of policy that protects our environment
  • Ranked in the top 150 in the world for Geography in 2021^

^ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 324031
2021 CSP ATAR 72.9
2021 CSP IB 26
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 25
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July*. *Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 69.9
Median ATAR to receive an offer 83.08
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.9
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 72.9
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 87.28
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2020). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324031

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 16.1%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
20 64.5%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A
International students <5 N/A
All students 31 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Scholarships

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Careers

Career Readiness

Graduates find successful careers in numerous roles. Potential Careers are listed below.

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Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career.

Potential careers

Parks Management, Conservationist, National Parks / Ranger, Climate and Ecosystem Modeller, Conservation Officer, Corporate Sustainability Professional, Fisheries and Marine Officer, Forester, Strategic Planning Officer, Sustainability Manager, Green Design Professional, Land Resources and Land Care, Corporate Policy Advisor, Science Communicators, Environment Protection Officer, Environmental Compliance Officer, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Catchment Management, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, ...

Degree Structure

In addition to core courses and closed electives in Environmental Policy and Management, students complete a minor in one Faculty of Arts discipline (the minor cannot be Geography, Environment & Population).

  • Anthropology
  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • English
  • French Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
  • Indonesian Studies
  • International Development
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Studies
Minor lists are available at the Faculty of Arts.

Academic Program Rules

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Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Testimonial

I enjoyed learning from academics who are skilled in their field. They share their own experience of conducting research on challenging and disputed topics to help us understand how to avoid getting 'stuck' when seeking answers to complex environmental problems.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021