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Environmental Management (1 year)

Human-environment interactions pose some of the most compelling and fraught challenges of the 21st century (climate change, deforestation, water resource availability, energy consumption, urban expansion and population growth, and food security).

Understanding these challenges and solving environmental problems requires both knowledge of ecological and physical processes and insight into the cultural, demographic, economic, geographical and political aspects of human-environment connections. Environmental management is therefore complex and requires interdisciplinary approaches to resolving challenges posed by human-environment interactions.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $34,200
Location: Adelaide Campus, Australia
CRICOS code: 039964D
Delivery mode: On campus

Environmental management combines the social sciences and humanities with the study of physical geography, the earth sciences and biology to provide the breadth of knowledge required of environmental managers.

Environmental managers work in a diverse array of roles and settings (ranging from policy-oriented to field-based positions). Employment sectors include: water resources, waste management, energy, natural resource management, land-based and coastal management, climate change, and sustainability.

This articulated program introduces you to contemporary theory and practice in environmental management and to the study of environmental processes and systems.

The graduate certificate and graduate diploma are suited to those who wish to move into a career in environmental management or those who have been working for some time and would like to seek a promotion or a job that is more suited to emerging personal interests.

What you will study

The program is international in scope, but case study material draws strongly on the experience of Australia and other countries within the Asia-Pacific region. All three programs combine important theoretical knowledge with the opportunity to complete skill-based topics. You can select from a large range of topics to build a study program that suits your interests and current or prospective employment requirements.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Graduates are qualified to understand the world as an integrated whole. They use a powerful mix of interdisciplinary skills to solve a range of problems. They can analyse and synthesise complex environmental, economic, social and political information to enable an understanding of dynamic human-environment relationships.

Graduates are proficient at retrieving, synthesising and communicating information, as well as managing data and drawing on different sources of knowledge. They think critically and creatively, and work effectively in teams and on their own initiative. For these reasons graduates are highly employable in a wide variety of fields within and outside environmental management.

Potential occupations include:

  • policy officer
  • research officer
  • planning officer
  • on-ground manager
  • environmental consultant.

Potential employers include:

  • government organisations
  • non-government organisations
  • the private sector.