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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

With its flexibility in subject choice, the half-year Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science is the perfect option for a new graduate keen to kick-start their career, or a professional looking to up-skill or gain formal qualifications.

Including core studies in advanced water resources management, principles of ecology for environmental scientists, and the sources and uses of energy and alternatives, the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science provides you with the ability to solve environmental problems that require the integration of knowledge from diverse disciplines.

By the end of the half-year course, graduates will possess a practical and theoretical background in some of the basic aspects of environmental science. You can choose to build on this by continuing on to the graduate diploma, or even higher to the master's course.

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science student is taught by leading experts at the University of Sydney, which has been top-ranked for Environmental Science and Management in the world (Excellence in Research for Australia evaluations for 2018). Our graduates leave with a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base and the ability to apply their knowledge with flexibility and innovation as leaders in the workplace.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science complete 24 credit points made up of three core units of study (6cp) and one elective units of study (18cp). The course may be completed on a full time or part time basis. Full time study can normally be completed over the course of 1 semester, with 4 units taken over that semester. Your individual study plan will depend on the availability of particular units in a given semester.

Sample study plan:

Year 

 Sem 

Unit of study 

Unit of study

Unit of study

Unit of study

 

 1

 1

ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
 

ENVI5705
Ecological Principles 

ENVI5801
Social Science of Environment 

Elective unit 

 

Elective units cover disciplines that include agriculture, environmental science, geography, government, marine science, sustainability, resource economics, and wildlife management.

Units of Study

Admission requirement

For admission into this course, you should have:

  •  a Bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent. 

As part of the embedded program, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science, students may gain entry to the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science through an internal "upgrade".

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

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