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Course summary

A knowledge of how to manage environments, whether they be our forests, river catchments or oceans is crucial to influencing the sustainability of our future.

This combined degree brings together the terrestrial aspects of environmental management with marine science and management, developing knowledge of the complex environments in which we live and the keys to environmental problems at a local and global level.

You will be able to focus your interest in species conservation and sustainability across terrestrial and marine environments. Build your practical skills by learning from leading experts in contemporary facilities and through field trips to World Heritage rainforests, reefs and coastal catchments.

Fourth (final year) units are taught in intensive mode at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour. 



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  • Coastal Management provides insights into processes that affect our use of the coastal zone. Students explore the impact of climate change, land use planning, protected area management, economics and people in the coastal environment.
  • Environmental Resource Management focuses on conducting wildlife surveys, conservation of fauna and flora and rehabilitating degraded land for future generations.
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Management integrates fisheries, biology, stock management, habitat protection and aquaculture studies with environmental management. Students focus on developing strategies to maintain a sustainable fishery/aquaculture enterprise. Some third-year subjects for this major are taught as intensive residential courses at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.
  • Waste Management and Resource Recovery develops multidisciplinary skills that support innovation in providing solutions for dealing with waste and waste minimisation, now and in the future.

Students also choose between completing an industry placement or a self-directed major project.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis, and application of scientific methods in environmental and marine science and management

Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to environmental and marine science and management


Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability

Demonstrate well developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of environmental and marine science and management

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more disciplines, or areas of practice

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning

Critically reflect on practice

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in environmental and marine science and management contexts

Collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment

Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: 

Fourth (final year) units are taught in intensive mode at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Online students attend compulsory workshops.

Careers in environmental science include national parks and protected area management, environmental protection, waste management, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism, land/river/coast care programs; and in environmental science research. Careers in marine science include as a consultant, marine park planner, marine biologist and ecologist, marine reserve officer, aqua-culturalists, fisheries manager, project officer, technical officer, state coordinator; and in marine research. 

Students have the opportunity to undertake an eight-week industry internship during their studies for practical experience to supplement the theory components of the course. Interns can work with organisations across the environmental science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas.

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.


The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'