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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

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science is a launch pad into leadership for professionals in the environmental sector. If you are a new graduate keen to kick-start your career, or a professional looking to up-skill or gain formal qualifications, then this one-year course is the perfect option.

Drawing on a wide range of science-based disciplines and applications—from ecology to solar power, analytical chemistry to geomorphology—the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science gives you a grounding in basic environmental issues, while also offering great flexibility in what subjects you take and how deep you delve into them.

The course’s focus is on linking your education in environmental sciences (such as ecology, climate change and chemistry) with studies in politics and law, project evaluation and assessment, decision-making and conflict resolution. As a result, you will be able to understand the environmental problems that can arise and the disparate solutions that can be applied to solve them. You can also pursue your particular interest with our range of electives, which include marine science, Australasian wildlife, sustainable development, law and the environment, geographic information science, and more.

The Graduate Diploma 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

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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

Study plan

Students follow the study pattern of the core units of study and electives as required. You may undertake the course on a full time or part time basis. You will complete a total of 48 credit points (cp) of study for the award comprising: 24cp of core units of study and 24cp of elective units of study. Please note however, that due to the nature of timetabling, the timetables of units from other programs may clash with the units of this course, and it is your responsibility to plan your course of study carefully.

Sample study plan:

Year 

 Sem 

Unit of study 

Unit of study

Unit of study

Unit of study

 

 1

 1

ENVI5801
Social Science of Environment 
ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry 

Elective unit 

Elective unit

 

 

 2

AFNR5801
Climate Change: Process, History, Issues 
ENVI5707
Energy - Sources, Uses and Alternatives

Elective unit 

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”. In turn, upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science, students may gain entry to the Master of Environmental Science through an internal “upgrade”. 

There are no Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available in the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science. However, a very limited number of CSP may be available to domestic applicants for the Master of Environmental Science from year to year.

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.

Career Pathways

Environmental scientists work as:

  • analytical scientists
  • environmental indicator monitors
  • policy-makers
  • environmental or catchment managers.

Within Australia, our graduates have acquired jobs in federal, state and local government bodies including State Forests NSW, the Roads and Transport Authority, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, as well as with private consultancies.

Domestic students

International students

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