Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Extend your learning in environmental science to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen discipline with research exploration in this honours degree.

Gets hands-on using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment

Top 1% of universities worldwide*

Leading environmental and marine science research program

Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) allows you to enhance your understanding of a chosen discipline within environmental science, while building key research and transferable skills that enhance your employment options and prepare you for further study.

You’ve worked hard for your undergraduate degree. Why not take the next step with an honours degree that launches your career forward?

Honours is an optional year of specialised study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate studies. It’s an opportunity to showcase your expertise in a discipline you’re passionate about, and to develop invaluable research and life skills that will stay with you throughout your entire career.

With the support and supervision of experienced teachers who are leaders in their respective fields, you’ll be exposed to research of national and global significance in areas including:

  • behaviour, ecology, evolution and ecophysiology
  • ecological risk assessment
  • environmental management and sustainability
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • marine and freshwater biology
  • wildlife and conservation biology.

The coursework component of the honours program equips you with essential knowledge in areas that underpin research – experimental design, quantitative analysis and scientific communication and ethics. The research project component enables you to develop the research skills necessary to investigate your area of interest.

In addition to being an ideal pathway to further study and research training (including masters and PhD programs), the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) broadens your career options and allows you to graduate with specialised knowledge and experience that puts you ahead of the pack.

 

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours), students must attain 8 credit points.

The 8 credit points include:

  • 6 core units within your chosen specialisation
  • 2 core units that cover coursework in scientific disciplines
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)
Year

2020 course information

Deakin code
S494
CRICOS code?
047023E
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per semester. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Semester 1 - January

  • Start date: January
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool

Semester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Projects and Supervision - additional information

As part of your application for this course, you will be required to first contact potential supervisors and discuss projects. Once you have met with a supervision and agreed on a project, you will need to complete an application form and submit this via the Deakin applicant portal. Click here for more information.

See potential projects and supervisors for Honours at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) or Warrnambool.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Admissions information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$9,527 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply


Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


Entry pathways

Further study options

Graduates may wish to apply for further study in Higher Degrees by Research.

Contact information

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
deakin.edu.au/life-environmental-sciences

Prospective student enquiries
Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
Call 1800 693 888 or email us at myfuture@deakin.edu.au
Enquire online

Current student course and enrolment enquiries
Call 03 9244 6699 or email us at sebe-enquire@deakin.edu.au
Submit an online enquiry

Frequently asked questions

What are the key study start dates?

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How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

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Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Why choose Deakin

Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

Ranked ‘Well Above World Standard’ in Environmental Science and Management and Environmental Sciences^

Rated 5 stars for world-class facilities, teaching and research#

Research alongside the brightest minds in environmental science

Get personalised support at every step of your degree

Career outcomes

Graduate with transferable skills that give you a competitive edge in the job market, including data analysis, critical thinking and digital literacy. Your understanding of your chosen discipline, in addition to your highly advanced research skills, will set you up to succeed in further study and open up employment opportunities in roles such as:

  • coastal project officer
  • climate change campaigner
  • ecologist
  • fisheries officer
  • laboratory scientist
  • park ranger or manager
  • marine biologist
  • sustainability consultant
  • museum curator
  • zoo biologist.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Graduates will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in environmental science.

Communication

Communicate effectively the design and outcomes of research using a range of verbal, graphical and written forms customised for diverse audiences.

Digital literacy

Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, critique, and disseminate outcomes from the research project.

Critical thinking

Use critical and analytical thinking to identify problems and the design of solutions using established theories, models, constructs and practice.

Problem solving

Apply theoretical constructs, advanced skills and critical analysis to demonstrate well developed judgement adaptability and evaluation of solutions to research problems.

Self-management

Develop and apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy, initiative and ethical and professional behaviour in research.

Teamwork

Work independently and/or collaboratively within a research team, receiving advice and guidance from supervisor/s that contributes to achieving the outcomes of the Honours project.

Global citizenship

Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with stakeholders to articulate the place and importance of scientific inquiry in the local and global context.

Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019

*ARWU Rankings 2019
^Excellence in Research for Australia's (ERA) research evaluation framework 2018
#QS Stars University Ratings 2016-2017

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