Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324031
CRICOS 061732C

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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324031
    2019 CSP ATAR 70.45
    2019 CSP IB 25
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 63.2
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 84.4
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.7
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 70.45
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 88
    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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. 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 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324031

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    8 29.6%
    (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)
    14 51.9%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    <5 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)
    N/A N/A
    International students <5 N/A
    All students 27 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 061732C
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July please note some core courses, electives and language part 1 courses may only be offered in Semester 1. Please contact the Faculty of Arts, T: +61 8313 5245 or E: arts@adelaide.edu.au for assistance with planning your degree.
    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
    Cambridge 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
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    ANU Foundation Studies 64
    Monash Foundation Year 67.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70
    UNSW Foundation Year 6.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500

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

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. 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

    National Parks / Ranger, Climate and Ecosystem Modeller, Conservation Officer, Conservation Scientist, Corporate Sustainability Professional, Fisheries and Marine Officer, Forester, Strategic Planning Officer, Sustainability Manager, Green Design Professional, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Catchment Management, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Environmental Economist

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via Study Overseas, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Study Overseas opportunities available visit Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact arts@adelaide.edu.au to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Environmental Policy and Management students:
    > University College London
    > University of Hong Kong
    > Newcastle University (UK)

  • 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

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 GEOG 1103
    Economy, Environment and Place
    GEOG 1104
    Intro to Geography, Environment & Population
    Minor Level I

    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind

    GEOG 1101
    Geographies of Globalisation
    GEOG 1102
    Footprints on a
    Fragile Planet
    Minor Level I Elective Level I
    Year 2 GEOG 2139
    Environmental Management
    Environmental Policy
    and Management
    Closed Elective
    Level II
    Minor Level II Elective Level II
    GEOG 2201
    Cities and Sustainability
    Environmental Policy
    and Management
    Closed Elective
    Level II
    Minor Level II Elective Level II
    Year 3 Environmental Policy
    and Management Closed Elective
    Level III
    Environmental Policy
    and Management
    Closed Elective
    Level III
    Minor Level III Elective Level
    II or III
    GEOG 3030
    Environmental Policy and Management
    6 units
    Minor Level III Elective Level
    II or III
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Friday, 13 Sep 2019