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Program Code 12327
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Online
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online


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.

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.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement.  Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at

Credit Transfer

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 the new program, go to and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

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.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

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 reasonable 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 access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

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

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

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
ENVS6525 Sustainability and Ecosystem Health Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6005 Aboriginal Education 1st World Policy / Third World Outcomes Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
BIOL6001 Science Policy and Commercialisation Trimester 3 - 2015 (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 and the Natural Environment Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6545 Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 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
GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6100 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct) 10 units
GSBS6484 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 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
PHYS6010 Contemporary Issues in Energy Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
STAT6107 Statistics for the Sciences Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6535 Implementing Environmental Resilience and Addressing Complexity Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6555 Applied Natural Resource Management Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
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