The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management is a 36-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in Environmental Management offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

It articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and the 72-unit Master of Environmental Management and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Admission requirements

Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (or an approved equivalent) must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management or a comparable award normally receive credit for up to 18 units towards the Graduate Diploma.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of environmental processes, environmental systems, and environmental management.

Students may also undertake some study of specific environmental problems, research methods, geographical information systems, and environmental economics, philosophy or politics.

The course is international in scope, but case study material will draw especially on the experience of Australia and other countries within the Asia-Pacific region. 

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management will be able to:

  • demonstrate an enhanced understanding and appreciation of current issues in environmental management
  • identify the main theories, issues and complexities shaping the environment in which contemporary policymakers work
  • demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the challenge of environmental management and associated environmental management tools.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

A student''s program of study must be prepared by the Program Approver.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 topics

Select 9 units from:

 ENVS7711  Environmental Management  (4.5 units)

Plus one of:

 ENVS8711  Australian Environmental Change GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8781  Skills for Environmental Professionals GE  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics*

Select 27 units from:

 BUSN9229B  Sustainability and Ethics (4.5 units)
 DVST8701  Sustainable Development GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS7701  Coastal Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8732  Environmental Impact Assessment GE  (4.5 units)
 EASC9700  NCGRT Australian Groundwater School  (4.5 units)
 EASC9772  Groundwater Hydrology  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9731  Public Health Aspects of Water Quality  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8700  Geographical Information Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8712  Asian Regional Development GE  (4.5 units)

*Recommended option stream in Applied Population Studies:

 PPHR9701  Population Studies GE  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9762  Applied Population Data Analysis  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9741  Women''s Health and Child Survival  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9742  Population and Environment GE  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9772  Equity and Human Resource Development  (4.5 units)