Why study the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours)

The Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) program prepares you to manage many of the environmental challenges faced by modern society both locally and globally, as we address fundamental issues of sustainability. The program bridges the gap between science and management, incorporating fundamental biophysical science with social science and multidisciplinary skills in environmental management, decision making and policy analysis.

The final capstone year of the degree focusses on integrating and applying the research and core knowledge skills acquired in the first three years. In this year you will develop your ability to manage complex real-world problems that affect a range of environments, from natural through to urban and industrial settings. Students with an adequate GPA from the first 3 years of study may elect to undertake an individual research thesis in their fourth year, or opt to undertake the industry oriented group research project.

Your study will go beyond a sound understanding of the natural sciences to include the techniques and approaches necessary to effectively integrate biophysical, social, cultural, economic, legal and management factors into solutions to complex environmental problems.


  • Program code
  • 705101
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Real, high-level professional skills are a focus of the program and there are a number of opportunities for you to apply what you learn through practical experience. A compulsory industrial placement semester in your third year will provide you with experience in the workplace and an understanding of the factors involved in the operation and management of environmental issues.

In your final year you will undertake an in-depth research project or a case study in conjunction with an external client where your knowledge and skills will be applied to a real world environmental problem. Through these experiences you will develop skills and attributes highly valued by employers.

Field work

There are opportunities to participate in field trips to a diverse range of environments across Queensland as well as international locations such as Vietnam and Hong Kong. Field work is an important part of many of our courses and allows you to observe environmental issues and the steps undertaken to combat them first hand.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Courses and Programs


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Natural Systems and Wildlife

Students undertaking the Natural Systems and Wildlife field are taught to use scientific, social, economic and managerial information in natural systems and wildlife conservation and management. This plan combines fundamental biological studies with multidisciplinary skills in environmental management, decision making, problem solving and policy analysis.

During the third year of the program, students undertake a two-week field trip to western and northern Queensland enables students to study the ecology and management of arid zones, the wet tropics, terrestrial and marine tropical environments. There also undertake a 16 week integrated industry study in a related work situation where they complete an approved project on natural systems and wildlife management.

The final year develops the ability to manage complex problems, including human interactions, that threaten the survival of natural systems.

More information about the Natural Systems and Wildlife Major.

Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development major focuses on how to minimise conflict between growth and development and our environment. This major will provide you with multidisciplinary skills in environmental management, decision making and problem solving with a focus on urban, industrial and rural environments. It equips you with the ability to assist firms and governments to set and meet appropriate environmental standards.

More information about the Sustainable Development Major.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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