Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management

Be a voice for the environment

Responding effectively to environmental problems involves far more than applying scientific knowledge, or the ‘top-down’ regulation of people and their environments. The future of our planet relies on informed and creative thinking around policy and practice. This kind of environmental expertise is not only in high demand, but critical. 

Our six-month graduate certificate is suited to mid-career environmental management professionals looking to update their knowledge, students interested in related research and recent graduates seeking a career in the area.

What will you do?

  • Complete our core course, Environmental Planning and Governance.
  • Undertake one elective chosen from a select list that includes courses such as Environmental Impact Assessment, Regional Planning and Community Engagement.
  • Build advanced communication skills.
  • Consider innovative ways to address the signature environmental issues of our time.

Where could it take you?

A graduate certificate could be your first step towards a grad dip or masters. You might go on to negotiate environmental policy design with private businesses and government sectors. You could set up environmental programs for the public to air their concerns or better understand issues affecting them. Perhaps you’ll help implement economic incentives or decentralised solutions for better environmental planning.

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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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC011
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC011

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $14,250

Scholarships

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

Graduates of the program will be well equipped to take up senior policy roles in government and a variety of roles in environmental management for government agencies, industry and the not-for-profit sector.

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

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

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

Students study the compulsory course in Environmental Planning and Governance as well as one course chosen from the available electives.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website

Assessment

Written assignments, oral presentation, research, exams.

Testimonial

The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring. My time at University of Adelaide has been terrific and fulfilling, as I have had the opportunity to thrive in a different educational environment.

I have established new friendships, studied an array of interesting and challenging courses which have allowed me to push myself to perform to my highest academic standard.

My degree has enabled me to complete an internship and various electives which have allowed me to gain practical experience and insight to other societal issues. This has complimented both my degrees extremely well with some areas slightly overlapping, consequently reinforcing my knowledge of these concepts.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021