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Program Code 12327
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery The program is only available on-line.


The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability will empower you with the knowledge to play a professional role in solving environmental problems that confront contemporary societies. The structure of our program will provide you with specialised environmental management and sustainability skills together with the ability to determine, environmental impact assessment against legislation and policy. On completion of the degree, you will have a high level understanding of key issues and approaches in environmental management, sustainability and decision-making.

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability is open to graduates from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. It caters for both suitably qualified graduates from cognate fields and mid-career professionals wishing to gain professional postgraduate qualifications. Our Graduate Certificate degree will give you the specialised skills needed to pursue a career in resolving environmental issues. Online delivery means flexible study options.

Why study with us?

With a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability degree, you will develop specialist knowledge of issues of global consequence, including:

*  Water Resource Management
*  Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
*  Environmental Legislation and Planning
*  Climate Change Policy
*  Environmental Impact Assessment
*  Conservation Biology
*  Social Change and Development

During this challenging program, you have the opportunity to study contemporary environmental issues from practical and theoretical perspectives. By developing a sound understanding of the key approaches in environmental management and decision-making, you will be able to expand your critical appreciation of sustainability theory and resilience, ethics, governance and cultural difference in relation to environmental practice and management.

Career Opportunities

*  Environmental officers in the resource sector or government
*  Environmental consultancies
*  Managers of National parks and protected areas
*  Environmental education and interpretation.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

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.

Selection Criteria


Assumed Knowledge


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 and Sustainability 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 Postgraduate Coursework Awards and Programs Schedule. 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.



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Professional Accreditation


International Students

International students are advised that this program is only available on-line. International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner. Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

All students can also access additional learning support mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Recommended Studies


Requirements and Structure

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 40 units of study comprised of:

*  Core Courses – 20 units
*  Program Directed A Course - 10 units
*  Program Directed B Course – 10 units.

Students in the Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability have the option of exiting with the Graduate Certificate only if they are admitted to the Masters program on the basis of an AQF Level 7 program.

Transition Arrangements

Students who have commenced the non-AQF compliant program prior to Trimester 1, 2014 will be able to complete the program that they commenced in. Students enrolled in the non-AQF compliant program are encouraged to apply for admission to the new AQF compliant Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability. These students will be assessed and advised on credit available to them, on a case-by-case basis, upon application.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
ENVS6525 Sustainability and Ecosystem Health Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 10 units from Program Directed A Courses.
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Not currently offered 10 units
ABOR6005 Abor Educ 1st World Policy/Third World Outcomes Not currently offered 10 units
BIOL6001 Science Policy and Commercialisation Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ECON6440 Economic Planning and Project Evaluation Not currently offered 10 units
ECON6450 Applied Policy Analysis Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6157 History, Nature, and Practice of Science Not currently offered 10 units
EMGT6001 Conservation Biology Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6500 Business & Natural Environment Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6545 Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6560 Contemporary Issues in Water Management Not currently offered 10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Not currently offered 10 units
GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design Trimester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6100 Negotiation and Advocacy Trimester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct) 10 units
GSBS6484 Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Block 6 - 2014 (SAA_GLOBAL)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
MARI6001 Marine Ecology and Management Not currently offered 10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Not currently offered 10 units
PHYS6010 Contemporary Issues in Energy Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
STAT6107 Statistics for the Sciences Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
Choose 10 units from Program Directed B Courses.
ENVS6535 Implementing Resilience and Addressing Complexity Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6555 Applied Natural Resource Management Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units