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Science, Environmental Science and Management

With postgraduate Environmental Science courses from Graduate Certificate to Master, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to help shape a more sustainable future.

You can study online, on-campus, part-time or full-time with CDU and participate in fascinating research projects in some of Australia's most unique tropical and desert landscapes. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge to take on research projects that improve well-being in Indigenous communities and solve complex environmental problems.

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Available 100% online Australia-wide

Postgraduate Short Courses

In as little as 6 months, you can complete a Graduate Certificate to gain specialist knowledge in your field. Designed for working professionals who already hold an undergraduate degree, these fast and flexible qualifications can be studied 100% online. 

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Choose CDU for postgraduate environmental science courses

  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes

    The Good Universities Guide 2024 ranks CDU as a leader for postgraduate employment outcomes

  • 100% flexible study that suits you

    Choose to study online or on campus, part-time or full-time

  • #15 in Australia for skills development in agriculture and environmental sciences

    According to the Good Universities Guide 2024

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Why study a postgraduate degree in science, environmental science and management?

Tropical wetlands enviro student

There's never been a better time to study postgraduate environmental science and management, with current and future environmental issues making their way to the front of minds and newspapers alike. 

Science graduates looking to specialise in environmental management will enjoy the multidisciplinary approach and flexible unit selection within their areas of interest, including spatial science and analysis, ecology, management of natural resources and livelihoods. There are also opportunities for professional placements - including remote areas of Australia - to gain unique, hands-on experience. 

Not only is CDU surrounded by some of Australia's most fascinating natural environments, but we are also home to the internationally renowned Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL). RIEL researchers also teach in CDU's postgrad environmental management programs so you can benefit from their passion and cutting-edge expertise. 

Study postgraduate courses in environmental science and management online


Our postgraduate environmental science degrees are flexible, student-centred, and highly industry-relevant. Combining knowledge and technical skills, all core units of our postgraduate courses are available 100% online. You can then select units that incorporate intensives to dive deeper into the subject matter.

We also offer professional practice units which can be undertaken in your own workplace to align with your professional goals, or you can be carefully matched by CDU to a placement. 

All online postgraduate science students (coursework) have access to Learnline, our digital learning environment where you can access lecture recordings, live classes, and engage with your peers and lecturers. 

Learn more about CDU’s online study experience.

Elevate your career with postgraduate environmental science courses

Environmental science and management researcher

Study postgraduate environmental science to gain the specialised skills and knowledge required to assess and manage the many and varied environmental issues we now face. 

While our unique Top End location provides great opportunities for those interested in wet-dry and semi-arid tropical ecosystems and arid landscapes, the broad skills, concepts and applications you'll explore in our postgraduate environmental science degree are relevant for all ecosystems. 

Many science graduates choose to pursue postgrad environmental science courses to complement their skills and build a career in a more specialised field. Others need to fill knowledge gaps or gain additional qualifications to progress professionally. Our graduates find roles and advance their careers in government agencies, large environmental consulting firms, and across agriculture, environment and natural resource management sectors.


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