Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

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 program.

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 2012). 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.

Embedded courses

  • Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science

  • Master of Environmental Science

Course outline

View a sample study plan/course structure table.

Study plan

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science complete 24 credit points made up of one core unit of study (6cp) and three 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.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Environmental scientists work as analytical scientists and environmental indicator monitors to policy-makers and 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.

Admission

Admission requirements

For admission into this course, you should have:

(a) a Bachelor of Science in one of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology, climate and atmospheric sciences, marine science, geology, geography, environmental studies, environmental engineering, agriculture and/or natural resource management; or

(b) a Bachelor degree from any discipline in addition to successfully completing 6 credit points of biology, 6 credit points of chemistry and 6 credit points of geography (total 18 credit points).

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 Certificate 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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University by using the online application form, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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 Faculty Handbook 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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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