Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
As the provider of Australia’s largest postgraduate environmental law program, the Sydney Law School offers candidates the opportunity to study their chosen areas of specialisation in the format that suits them best.
The graduate diploma is characterised by a wide range of options offered by the Sydney Law School and the opportunity to take units from other related disciplines. The depth and innovation of the course is complemented by its well-reputed academic staff and visiting lecturers. The course includes an international faculty which brings experts from various countries to lecture in specialist units.
Subject to meeting progression requirements, you can apply to transfer to the Master of Environmental Law.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- LAWS6011 - Administrative Law
- LAWS6043 - Environmental Impact Assessment Law
- LAWS6044 - Environmental Law and Policy
- LAWS6045 - Environmental Planning Law
- LAWS6047 - Law of the Sea
- LAWS6061 - International Environmental Law
- LAWS6068 - Judicial Review-P'ciple,Pol & Procedure
- LAWS6130 - Dispute Resolution in Australia
- LAWS6163 - Energy and Climate Law
- LAWS6165 - Biodiversity Law
- LAWS6167 - International Law II
- LAWS6191 - Water Law and Climate Change
- LAWS6252 - Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
- LAWS6257 - Public Policy
- LAWS6314 - Coastal and Marine Law
- LAWS6320 - Climate Disaster Law
- LAWS6864 - New Tech,Risk and Environmental Law
- LAWS6865 - International Dispute Resolution
- LAWS6928 - Law,Justice and Development
- LAWS6936 - Carbon Trading,Derivatives and Taxation
Further course information
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law complete 24 credit points, which is equivalent to 4 units of study. There is one compulsory unit of study, Environmental Law & Policy. Students without a law degree must also complete the unit, Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System. The remaining units of study are selected from a wide range of relevant electives.
The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (GradDipEnvLaw) is designed for those working in Environmental Law and Policy who wish to upgrade their qualification(s) for the purposes of career advancement or professional and academic interest.
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney in environmental studies, law or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of October. On-time applications for the July Semester close on the last working day in April. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, 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 2013 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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, 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.
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.