Environmental management and sustainability


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 work-ready

Venture into the field with practical, hands-on experience and be ready to make a contribution to preserving our precious environment. From learning in our state-of-the-art facilities to learning on the job through placements with key industry partners, rest assured you'll graduate with the knowledge and skills to protect the future of planet Earth. A combination of research and fieldwork will leave you well prepared for a successful career balancing the relationships between corporations and our flora and fauna.


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.

Career opportunities

As an environmental management and sustainability graduate, you will understand the function 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.

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)

Learn more about Dannielle's experiences

'I was always passionate about 'saving the planet', and Deakin had an excellent environment course that got my interest. What sold me on Deakin was the incredible array of international trips you could do, you really could go anywhere with the Environmental Science course.

Coming from a small country town it was hard to picture myself travelling so extensively, but Deakin helped make me feel like a citizen of the world. In my third year, I did a placement as a Guest Researcher at the University of Copenhagen. While I was in Denmark I was helping a research team tackle deforestation in Cambodia; getting to apply all the skills and knowledge Deakin had equipped me with was indescribably rewarding.

The sense of ambition and drive you feel being at Deakin. They want to be the best. They want students to have the best experience and best education in Australia and in the world. Although Deakin is a young university, the accomplishments they've achieved are mind-boggling.'

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about researching with us

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 environmental management and sustainability before you graduate.


See the unique experiences that students have on field trips, environmental orientated pursuits we're up to and the things we find interesting.

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