Sustainability and environmental management


Focus on finding solutions to the world's most pressing environmental problems. Understand the issues and learn to influence policy, planning and behaviour to affect change across a broad range of environmental areas.

Get out of the classroom: get into the field with practical hands-on experience
Work Experience: build industry skills through real-work placements

Career opportunities

As a sustainability and environmental management graduate you'll understand of the functioning and management of complex interactions between the biological, physical, social economic and political worlds.

Depending on your chosen area of expertise, you may choose to seek employment in areas such as:

  • coastal and marine management
  • ecology
  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental communications
  • environmental health
  • environmental sustainability
  • land and water management
  • policy development
  • research or science journalism
  • statutory and socio-economic planning
  • wildlife management.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

This course exposed me to skilled and experienced lecturers who have been there and done it. It enabled me to gain the job I was after too.

Jackson Clerke

Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability, Honours)

Design your own career direction

Choose specialised elective units, such as wildlife management, coastal and marine management, environmental sustainability, natural resources management, environmental protection, and environmental policy and planning.

Join our thriving research culture

Our ecologists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change. If you’ve got a great idea that mixes business with environment, consider a research degree through our Centre for Integrative Ecology and Centre for Regional and Rural Futures.

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Industry connections

We offer numerous opportunities for you to learn directly from key industry partners throughout your studies. Through guest lectures, site visits and industry linked projects you’ll gain a thorough understanding of industry-engaged research and commercialisation opportunities in the field of sustainability and environmental management before you graduate.


Our blog showcases the unique experiences we have while on fieldtrips, the environmental orientated pursuits we’re up to, and the things we find interesting.

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Environmental management and sustainability

Whether you'd like to conserve wildlife and plants for future generations, study diverse ecosystems or contribute to environmental management and sustainability, Deakin's environment courses offer you a range of exciting possibilities.

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