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.

Explore your study options

Whether immersed in cutting-edge facilities or engaged in real-world placements with industry leaders, our courses ensure you graduate with the skills and expertise for a career in environmental management. A combination of research and fieldwork will leave you well-prepared for a successful career balancing the relationships between business and the natural environment.


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.

Choose an environmental management degree that will get you work ready

Venture into the field with practical, hands-on experience and be ready to help preserve our precious environment.

Design your career direction

Choose specialised elective units in a range of fields, including coastal and marine management, environmental sustainability, natural resources management, environmental protection, and environmental policy and planning.

Enjoy our industry connections

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 environmental management.

Top professional roles in environmental management

Our graduates have found exciting and diverse opportunities to work in the public, private and not for-profit sectors, working in a range of fields, including, fisheries and aquaculture, water resource management, environmental planning and policy, agriculture and natural resources management.

As an environmental management graduate, you'll understand the function and management of complex interactions between the biological, physical, socio-economic and political worlds. Depending on your chosen area of expertise, you may choose to seek employment in areas including:

  • coastal and marine management
  • land and water management
  • policy development
  • statutory planning
  • environmental consultancy.

World leader in environmental research

Deakin was awarded the highest possible rating in environmental sciences and environmental science and management by the Australian Research Council’s State of Australian University Research report. This highlights our world-class facilities, academic reputation and research impact.

The connections Deakin has across the globe is remarkable. I've been to jungles in Borneo and Viking museums in Denmark all because of Deakin.

Danielle Graham

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)

Professional recognition

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

The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand is a leading professional body in Australasia supporting environmental practitioners and promoting independent and interdisciplinary discussion on environmental issues.

World-class teaching experiences

Deakin’s industry-shaped courses and practical, real-world approach to learning will prepare you to be adaptable across the jobs of the future.

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. You can complete internships in a range of high-profile organisations such as Zoos Victoria, Parks Victoria, Biosis consultants and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action.

Want to explore more?

Environmental management and sustainability

Our environmental management and sustainability students discuss worldwide environmental issues we are facing, and what they have learned we must do to develop real solutions.

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 environmental management courses? Our course 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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