Honours Degree of Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

An honours degree is a one-year program that builds upon undergraduate study by introducing the challenge of an extended research project.

There are many reasons we encourage geography, environment and population graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for postgraduate research at masters and doctorate levels. You could be seeking answers to environmental questions no one else has asked. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and subject knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Our prerequisite for honours study is at least a credit standard in a specified major. Applications are called for by Departments/Disciplines in October and November each year.

What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Investigate a chosen topic related to population, migration, urbanisation, climate change and adaptation, transport, ageing, health, housing demand and supply, permaculture, coastal/environmental management, biological thresholds, ecosystem services, risk assessment or tourism.
  • Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development.
  • Build marketable skills in research design, data analysis, project management, laboratory etiquette and ethics.
  • Present your work in the form of a dissertation.
Further details on Honours are available from Schools and Disciplines in the Faculty.


  • Demonstrate your advanced capabilites with a Honours degree
  • Drive the creation of policy that protects our environment
  • Be part of a community of world-leading academics

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 3BH008
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
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Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study Students who have completed the required undergraduate program to a satisfactory level may be eligible to apply for the Honours program.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH008

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


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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Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

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.


Undertaking opportunities offered by the University such as study tours, internships and starting a club, my life perspective has also been broadened.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021