Top 1% globally for life sciences and medicine


World leader in environmental and biological science research


Top 1% of universities worldwide


#1 Victorian university for course satisfaction


#1 Victorian university for graduate employment


#1 Victorian university for teaching quality


#1 Victorian university for facilities and resources


Discover the environment course for you and help preserve our planet

Our range of specialised courses will help you gain the expertise needed to develop solutions for global environmental issues, such as climate change, sustainability, recycling, public health and pollution.


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.

Tackle the world’s most pressing environmental problems

You can confidently choose Deakin. With a focus on practical experience and work-ready outcomes, our environment courses will help you make a positive impact on the health of our planet.

Do you want to ensure your environment degree will make you work-ready?

Our environment courses are designed to ensure you gain the skills employers want, while learning with the latest technologies and equipment.

Hands-on learning

Our courses take you out of the classroom and into the field. Our experiential approach to learning gives you the practical skills that are highly sought by employers. Field activities can include anything from coastal planning to surveying wildlife populations.

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.

Professional experience

All environment courses have a core professional placement unit. Students complete placements in government, as well as a range of high-profile organisations, such as Zoos Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and Biosis-Environmental Consulting.

Strong employment outcomes

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.

Professional recognition

After graduating 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 at Deakin. We are 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.

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

World-class learning experiences

Deakin’s world class research, strong industry connections and practical approach to learning will help prepare you for jobs of the future.

A 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 have relationships with organisations, such as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and the Department of Primary Industries to ensure our courses are up-to-date with industry trends.

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 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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