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Discover the environment or sustainability course for you

Whether you’d like to study marine and freshwater ecosystems, contribute to environmental management and sustainability, or conserve nature and wildlife for future generations, we have a range of specialised courses. Not sure what course you want to study? We’ve got you covered, explore our disciplines within environment and sustainability.


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.


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.

Join the #1 Victorian university for course satisfaction

With a focus on practical experience and work-readiness, our environment and sustainability courses will enable you to make a positive impact on the health of our planet.

Take the next step to a brighter future

Explore our environment and sustainability courses and find out more about life at Deakin. Get more inspiration for your future career in a major growth sector.

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Choose an environment or sustainability degree that will get you work ready

Gain the skills employers want while learning with the latest technologies and equipment. The expertise you’ll earn in assessing and developing solutions for global environmental issues will set you up for a long and rewarding career.

Hands-on, in nature

Our courses take you out of the classroom and into the field. Build the practical skills highly sought by employers through on-the-ground activities, such as coastal planning or surveying wildlife populations.

First-class facilities

Deakin’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment include a geographic information systems lab, GPS wildlife tracking technology, and underwater vehicles that beam images of plants and animals from the sea floor.

Professional experience

Get work ready with a professional placement unit. Internships are available in a range of high-profile organisations, such as Zoos Victoria, Parks Victoria, Biosis consultants and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action.

Professional recognition

As a graduate you can gain professional recognition by becoming a Certified Environmental Practitioner through the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Top 1% worldwide for life sciences and medicine

Study with the best. Deakin is ranked in the top 1% globally for life sciences and medicine. This rating highlights our world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.


Top 1% for life sciences and medicine


World leader in environmental science research


#1 Victorian uni for course satisfaction


#1 Victorian uni for educational experience


#1 Victorian uni for teaching quality


#1 Victorian uni for facilities and resources


The most rewarding experiences of studying with Deakin are the hands-on opportunities. In my first trimester, I was able to handle native animals and even microchip a brushtail possum, which are real-world skills that I hope to utilise in my future career.

Chloe Daws

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) graduate

Top professional roles in environment and sustainability

Our environment graduates have found exciting and diverse opportunities to work in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in a range of fields, including:

  • wildlife conservation and management
  • environmental management and sustainability
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • marine biology
  • agriculture and natural resources management.

World-class teaching experiences

Dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in sustainability? Get ahead with Deakin – we’ll help you build your network within the community and industry.

Thriving research culture

Deakin supports one of the world's most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our ecologists are helping to protect Australia's vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change.

Links with industry

Our staff and schools have relationships with organisations such as Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, ensuring our courses are up-to-date with industry best practice.

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Study environmental science

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

Life and environmental science facilities

Explore Deakin's life and environmental science facilities at our Melbourne Burwood Campus, featuring modern labs and equipment, and the ability to conduct practical work in the natural reserve and creek right by campus.


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Contact us

Got a question about our environment and sustainability courses? Our expert advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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1800 693 888

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+61 3 9918 9188
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