Environment and sustainability

International students

Join the fight for our future and learn to preserve our planet for generations to come. Whether you choose to conserve wildlife and plants, study marine ecosystems or assist with environmental education, you will gain skills to impact key environmental developments and decisions.


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Learn in nature

Immerse yourself in nature from your first year of your undergraduate degree through regular field work and field studies camps that help you build the practical skills you will need in your career.

Depending on the degree you choose, you could gain skills in measuring the health of freshwater environments, coastal planning, surveying wildlife populations, conducting sustainability assessments, and studying seals and penguins.

Gain valuable work experience

Professional work experience is included in all of Deakin's undergraduate environment degrees. It allows you to complete a placement for a minimum of two weeks (80–160 hours) within a relevant organisation.

In Deakin’s Master of Sustainability you can choose to undertake either a research project or industry-based placement to gain relevant work experience and develop your professional networks.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor 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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Deakin College’s Diploma of Science pathway

Deakin College is a pathway to Deakin University for students who do not meet the academic entry requirements for their Deakin University degree, or who need to bridge the gap between previous study and university. Deakin College offers an eight or twelve month Diploma of Science as a pathway into the second year of Deakin University’s Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Biomedical ScienceBachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)Bachelor of Forensic Science or Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science.

As a Deakin University preferred partner provider, choosing to study at Deakin College means you are taking the first step in preparing yourself for your Deakin University degree, while gaining access to many of the same facilities and resources available to Deakin University students.

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Design your own career direction

You will have the opportunity to steer your studies towards your interests and career aspirations by choosing elective units in areas such as coastal and marine management, pollution, waste, climate change, wildlife conservation, sustainable city planning, ecotourism and environmental health.

First-class facilities

Your learning is enhanced by a range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including a Geographic Information Systems lab, wildlife tracking technology and underwater vehicles that beam images of marine plants and animals from the sea floor.

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When I first visited Deakin, I was warmly welcomed and surrounded with positivity. Staff were friendly and helped with my questions about my course. It was such a relief when I figured out my future career path in such a great environment.

Daisy, Colombia

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)

Valuable industry connections

Study an environmental science degree that keeps up with industry trends and benefit from Deakin’s close links with industry and government organisations. Through guest lectures, site visits and industry linked projects you will work closely with organisations such as the Victorian Fisheries Authority; Parks Victoria; Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and a range of businesses in the field and start building your professional network.

From Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC), Sri Lanka to Deakin, Australia

You can complete the first year of your environmental science bachelor degree as an on-campus student at Deakin’s partner institution, RIC. The credit you earn through your study at RIC will be applied toward a Deakin degree that you will complete through studies in Australia.

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Study environmental science at Deakin University

Play a vital role in creating a sustainable future for our planet. Deakin University's courses in environmental science have a strong focus on fieldwork and practical experiences. Study areas include sustainability, wildlife and conservation, marine health and ecosystems.

Environmental management and sustainability at Deakin

Study environmental management and sustainability at Deakin University and get out into the field to develop solutions to the environmental issues we face on a national and international scale.

Wildlife and conservation biology at Deakin

Hear from two of our students about the unique hands-on and global experience Deakin offers in wildlife and conservation biology.

How to apply: international students

Deakin University students Tatyana and Kaweesha talk through the application process at Deakin. Learn about meeting entry requirements, organising your documents and submitting your application – either directly or through a Deakin agent.

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