Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability

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Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management and Sustainability equips professionals with the capability to constructively engage in the full range of environmental concerns that confront contemporary societies. The emphasis of this degree is the integration of theory and practice with an interdisciplinary grounding in sustainability, environmental management, impact assessment and policy.

You will develop specialist knowledge regarding issues of global consequence including sustainability and ecosystem health, water management, environmental legislation and planning, environmental impact assessment, social change and development, climate change policy and conservation biology. By developing an advanced 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.

At the completion of your studies, you will be able to apply your practical and theoretical knowledge across a variety of fields, including research, consultancy, advocacy and private practice.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management and Sustainability at a time that suits you.

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Is It For You?

Are you looking to expand your knowledge and enhance your career opportunities managing the increasingly complex environmental issues that concern today’s society? With sustainability as one of the key drivers of current economic policy, understanding how sound environmental practices intersect with business, government and the community is essential.

Developing sophisticated frameworks for environmental management and balancing the needs of both business and environmental best practice can be challenging. The Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management and Sustainability from the University of Newcastle will provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively and professionally approach these challenges.

By pursuing a career in this field, you will apply your passion for the environment and the practical skills and knowledge acquired during your studies to become a specialist in areas including water resource management, sustainability and ecosystem health, environmental legislation and planning, climate change policy, environmental impact assessment, conservation biology, social change and development.

What Will You Study

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

Throughout the program, 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.

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Career Opportunities

The 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 for changing career paths. The growing importance of business management skills at all levels of employment will continue to make this degree attractive whether you are working for non-government organisations, government, or the private sector.

Upon graduation you may look at positions including:

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

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

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

Description

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.

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 Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

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.

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.

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 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses Group A

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ABOR6005 Aboriginal Education 1st World Policy / Third World Outcomes Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
BIOL6001 Science Policy and Commercialisation Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (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 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6545 Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6560 Contemporary Issues in Water Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6100 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6484 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
MARI6001 Marine Ecology and Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PHYS6010 Contemporary Issues in Energy Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
STAT6107 Statistics for the Sciences Not currently offered 10 units

Directed Courses Group B

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ENVS6535 Implementing Environmental Resilience and Addressing Complexity Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6555 Applied Natural Resource Management Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.

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.

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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 ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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