Professional Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management

Get the job done

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 critical and in high demand. 

What will you do?

Our Professional Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management provides a six-month fast track to making a real difference. You will:

  • explore environmental economics, governance and planning in depth
  • address how the signature environmental issues of our time are to be managed—from deforestation to global warming and water shortages
  • consider how ethics can shape environmental policy and management in different domains
  • build advanced research skills.

Where could it take you?

You could set up environmental programs for the public to air their concerns or better understand issues that affect them. You might negotiate environmental policy design with private businesses and government sectors. Perhaps you’ll help implement economic incentives or decentralised solutions to environmental problems.


  • Drive the creation of policy that protects our environment
  • Ranked in the top 150 in the world for Geography^
  • 91% full-time employment for postgrad environmental studies graduates

^QS World University Rankings, 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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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3PC002
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: 3PC002

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $7,125

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

Graduates of the program will be well equipped to take up 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

Land Resources and Land Care, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Catchment Management, Climate and Ecosystem Modeller, Conservation Officer, 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, Parks Management, Conservationist, Policy Adviser, Environmental Consultant, ...

Degree Structure

Students choose one of the core or elective courses.

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.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Thursday, 21 Oct 2021