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Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 semester full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science course at Murdoch University will advance your professional skills in environmental science.

Covering environmental monitoring, management and planning, this course means you'll graduate in one semester with broad environmental science knowledge. You'll also have the opportunity to specialise in advanced ecology, marine science, environmental policy and law, or to look at how we can ensure a sustainable future.

You'll further develop your scientific problem-solving skills, and when you graduate, you can continue to study a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science and Master of Science in Environmental Science.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed a recognised bachelor's degree in environmental science, marine science, biological science, conservation science or a closely related field of education

All students must also satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English language.

Areas of study

In this life sciences course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental management and planning

Plus your choice of one of the following elective units:

  • Advanced ecology
  • Environmental science topics
  • Engaging with a sustainable future
  • Comparative environmental policy and law
  • Marine science topic

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science from Murdoch University.

You can seek employment in environmental management and policy in government or in a range of industries across the private and public sectors.

You can also choose to advance your knowledge by undertaking further study with the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science and Master of Science in Environmental Science.

Curious about where a career in environmental could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Life Scientist
  • Geographic Information Systems Officer
  • Zoologist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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