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Study Environmental Management and Sustainability

The University of Newcastle's Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability will equip you with new, sustainable skills that will improve your green credentials and prepare you for the strong forecasted growth of jobs in high environmental impact areas over the next decade.

Designed to engage with the broad issues that contemporary societies face in today’s climate, the focus of the program is to integrate theory and practice with interdisciplinary grounding in sustainable policy development and policy implementation, environmental management and impact assessment.

Why study with us?

  • Become an environmental sustainability specialist - sustainability is one of the key drivers of current economic policy, so having an in-depth understanding of how sound environmental practices intersect with business, government and the community is highly regarded in the workforce.
  • Enhance your career opportunities - apply the practical skills and knowledge that you acquire during your studies to specialise in areas across a variety of fields, including research, consultancy, advocacy and private practice.
  • Learn how to manage environmental challenges in your business - effectively and professionally balance the needs of both business and environmental best practice by developing sophisticated frameworks for environmental management.
  • Study online at your own pace - the University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system will enable you to achieve your fully accredited Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability at a time that suits you.
  • 95.7% of postgraduate students in our Agriculture and Environmental Studies find full-time employment within four months of graduating*

    * Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management Sustainability

World top 250 ? for environmental sciences
ERA 5 ? for physical geography and environmental geoscience research

What you will study

The University of Newcastle Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management and Sustainability blends 20 core units and 20 units of directed courses, providing you with fundamental concepts and focused training in environmental management or sustainability.

You will learn about contemporary environmental issues while developing a sound understanding of the key approaches to environmental management and decision-making from practical and theoretical perspectives. You will also expand your critical appreciation of sustainability, ethics, governance and cultural difference in relation to environmental practice and management.

Key study areas include:

  • sustainability and ecosystem health
  • environmental management
  • environmental legislation and policy

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle's Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management and Sustainability provides you with a combination of skills that can aid you in achieving a promotion, assist you in bettering your performance in your current role, or change career paths, whether you are working for non-government organisations, government, or the private sector.

Upon graduation you may consider positions including:

  • environmental officer in the resource sector or government
  • environmental consultant
  • manager of a National park or protected area
  • environmental educator and interpreter

How to apply

Applying for Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Students with an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or an AQF Level 8 Bachelor Honours degree are eligible for admission to the program. In special circumstances, an applicant holding other acceptable academic or professional qualifications and relevant work experience may be admitted as a candidate for the program.

Please note that students who commence in Trimester 1 or 2 can complete the program in a minimum of three trimesters. Students who commence the program in Trimester 3 can complete the program in a minimum of two trimesters.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0. 

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