Environmental Management - 5499

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48


Graduate Diploma (Specialisation)

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Program Description

This program offers an interdisciplinary and applied set of courses which outline some of the main decision-making frameworks and tools relevant to environmental management. The program also provides discipline-specific knowledge relevant to work in a range of environmental professions. The program can be taken by environmental specialists and non-specialists from a wide range of disciplines and interests.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

At the completion of the program you should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of environmental management and policy, and an ability to apply these in a range of contexts;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the disciplinary areas related to environmental decision-making, such as environmental law, economics, ecosystem management, physical sciences (physics and chemistry), social sciences and engineering;
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively to a range of audiences, and be capable of independent and collaborative enquiry and working effectively with others within broad parameters;
  5. Have an awareness of international environmental issues.

Program Structure

This program is 48 UOC which is comprised of 12 UOC of core courses, 24 UOC of fundamental knowledge courses, and 12 UOC of electives.

Core Courses

Disciplinary Knowledge Courses

You must take four Disciplinary Knowledge courses (24 UOC). Selection will be from those in the following list for which a student cannot demonstrate sufficient background:


Choose 12 UOC from specialist electives listed for the Master of Environmental Management program.

ARTS5503 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC)
ARTS5505 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC)

These courses, ARTS5503 and ARTS5505, can be taken as additional courses but will not count towards your program.

Admission Requirements

The program entry requirement of the 5499 Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management is:
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.

Credit Transfer

If you are seeking credit transfer you must submit documentary evidence of courses completed at the time of initial enrolment. The Faculty will then determine the number of units of credit to be granted. The maximum credit transfer for a Graduate Diploma is up to 24 UOC (equivalent to four courses). Credit transfer will not be granted for courses completed more than ten years previously.

Articulation Rules

If you successfully complete the requirements for this program with a credit average, you may apply for articulation into the Master of Environmental Management and receive full credit for all courses completed. If you have a WAM between 60 and 64 you may be considered for articulation into the Master of Environmental Management at the discretion of the program authority. If you have completed 24 UOC you can choose to articulate to and graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management provided that all requirements for the Graduate Certificate have been met.

Academic Rules

See above.


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