Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management


Program Code 11699
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
UAC Code UAC Website
CRICOS Code 060582J
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This program has been discontinued and is available only to students currently enrolled in the program. Prospective students and students commencing in 2014 should refer to the new Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability at .

Postgraduate coursework in Environmental Management is undertaken in an integrated program comprising:

The program aims to produce graduates with the capability to constructively engage with the complex environmental concerns that confront contemporary societies. It emphasises the integration of theory and practice and provides an interdisciplinary grounding in sustainability, environmental management, impact assessment and policy. On completion of the program, the graduate will have a good understanding of the key approaches in environmental management, sustainability and decision-making, and well developed problem solving skills. The program is open to graduates from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. It caters for both mid-career professionals wishing to gain a postgraduate qualification, upgrade and extend skills and knowledge, or move into the environmental field, and suitably qualified graduates from cognate fields. The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management is an introduction to engaging students with contemporary environmental concerns from practical and theoretical perspectives.

Why study with us?

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management is the introduction to engage with specialist knowledge of issues of global consequence.  During this program, you’ll study contemporary environmental issues from practical and theoretical perspectives. Developing a sound understanding of the key approaches in environmental management and decision-making, you’ll expand your critical appreciation of sustainability, ethics, governance and cultural difference in relation to environmental practice and management.

Career Opportunities

The program is a sound basis for careers in the various fields of environmental management, environmental policy and sustainability with government agencies, industry, corporate sector, community organisations and consultancies.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are assessed initially on the basis of a relevant undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 4.0. The degree, or the major undertaken in that degree, needs to be in one of the following areas:

  • Conservation studies
  • Environmental rehabilitation studies
  • Forestry
  • Geography (human and physical)
  • Marine
  • Resource and environmental management
  • Policy studies
  • Social ecology
  • Environment studies
  • Urban and regional planning If you do not satisfy these criteria you are still encouraged to apply. Your application will be assessed on the basis of ‘admission points’ as described in the Additional Selection Criteria. The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management requires 60 admission points. All applicants must satisfy the University’s English Language requires as set out in the University’s English Proficiency Policy:

Selection Criteria

Alternative entry will be assessed on the basis of the admission points scheme as described below.

  • An incomplete undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved institution (with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or greater): Up to 50 points depending on number of units successfully completed.

  • An AQF approved diploma or Associate Diploma or equivalent from an approved institution: Up to 50 points (50 points for a relevant area; 30 points for a non-relevant area).

  • Approved professional qualifications: Up to 50 points.

  • Relevant work experience: 20 points per year (maximum 60 points)

  • Related area of research or management project completed with appropriate documentation: Up to 50 points.

  • Statement of professional aims and achievements and/or interview: Up to 20 points.

  • An overseas qualification from an approved institution equivalent to an undergraduate degree, Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma will be allocated the appropriate admission points as specified above.

Credit Transfer

Credit may be granted for coursework courses if they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding courses in the environmental management program, and they were completed within the previous 5 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and IT in accordance with the Rules Governing Postgraduate Coursework Awards. If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to your new program, go to click on How to apply for credit.

International Students

International students are advised that the coursework program is only available online or by distance learning, with only the Environmental Management Project in the Honours program available on-campus. International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All students can also access additional learning support mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Special Needs

The support structures of the Student Support Unit will be available to assist any students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty and School accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The program can be completed over two trimesters full time or up to 2 years part-time. Courses are offered on a trimester basis. Students may commence studies in January, May or September.

The Graduate Certificate program comprises four courses (40 units) consisting of at least three Group A directed courses (30 units), and up to one Group B directed courses (10 units).

Students who have satisfactorily completed the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management may proceed to the Master of Environmental Management with full credit for courses completed.

Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the program prior to 2012 and have:

  • successfully completed BIOL6002, GSBS6090 or PHIL6920 will be able to count them as a Group Directed Course towards their program.

  • failed BIOL6002, GSBS6090 or PHIL6920 may enrol in an alternative course from the Group B Directed Course List.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 30 units from Group A - Directed Courses
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6525 Sustainability and Ecosystem Health Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6545 Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
Choose 10 units from Group B - Directed Courses, or from the remaining Group A Directed Courses.
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6002 Decolonisation: An Australian Context Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ECON6430 Issues in Developing Economies Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EMGT6001 Conservation Biology Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6560 Contemporary Issues in Water Management Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
MARI6001 Marine Ecology and Management Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHIL6910 Technology and the Environment Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6570 Social Change and Development Not currently offered 10 units