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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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Land and Water Management This major explores the processes and systems that impact land and water management including soil, land rehabilitation, catchment management, wetland ecosystems, coastal biogeochemistry, pollution and wastewater engineering.

Fauna and Flora Conservation This major explores biological sciences and systems involved in species conservation, including plant and wildlife identification and conservation, protected areas, biology, soil processes, wetland ecosystems and genetics.

Environmental Stewardship Students will gain insight into how to engage with communities and increase awareness about managing natural resources, including scientific concepts and creative problem-solving in communities.


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.

Career opportunities for environmental scientists exist in a range of public and private sectors, including national parks, environmental consulting companies, waste management, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism, land/river/coast care programs, research, education, interpretation programs and environmental protection agencies.

Careers in marine science are likewise varied in marine parks, fisheries and aquaculture marine-based tourism, state or federal government, marine consulting, or marine research and technical assistance

You may complete an optional eight-week professional placement to gain industry experience with organisations across the environmental and marine science spectrum.

This could be in 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'