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Bachelor of  Environmental Management (Honours)

Program code: 2376
QTAC code: 705101
CRICOS code: 082629F


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Discover how to critically assess the causes of environmental problems as you build your knowledge in developing and managing solutions that address the many environmental challenges facing the world.

  • The Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) is an interdisciplinary program that examines the complex web of social, political, cultural, economic and ecological factors that shape the field of environmental management.
  • Specialise in either Natural Systems and Wildlife or Sustainable Development. You will gain practical skills in applying scientific planning and business principles to achieve a balance between environmental protection and human development.
  • Choose from a wide selection of elective courses in your first three years that will develop your knowledge and skills across business and sustainability, conservation and wildlife management, global change and policy frameworks.
  • Apply your core knowledge in your fourth year as you hone your ability to research, develop and manage solutions to real world problems through an independent research project or industry oriented group research project.

Environmental managers make decisions and develop strategies to prevent or minimise the effects of human activity to ensure our sustainable future.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Get your hands dirty

    As part of your studies, you can broaden your understanding of environmental management practice through field trips to a diverse range of environments across Queensland and internationally to locations including Indonesia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

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  • Employability

    Industry placements

    In your final year you will undertake an in-depth research project or a case study with an external client where your knowledge and skills will be applied to a real world environmental problem.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    Our research in environmental science was ranked 12th in the world and 1st in Australia in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Research

    Research leaders

    Our researchers have worked with some of the most influential institutions in the world, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Royal Society of London, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 1 majors available in the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours).

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Career outcomes

You will find employment in managerial, research, administrative and education roles within consultancies, mining companies, government departments, landcare and catchment management groups and national and international Non-Government Organisations. Opportunities are available in a variety of sectors including:

  • national parks and wildlife conservation
  • environmental assessment and compliance
  • natural resource management including coastal, river and catchment systems
  • policy development
  • government and commercial consultancies in environmental planning and management
  • mining and resources industry
  • environmental tourism
  • environmental management.

Due to our strong research profile, many of our graduates further their research ambitions by enrolling in Master of Philosophy or PhD programs, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Alumni
    I chose the Bachelor of Environmental Management for the opportunity to protect environmental values, regularly work outdoors, understand natural systems and processes, and develop solutions to complex problems. The degree also offered fantastic lecturers, a diverse range of elective subjects, great fieldwork experiences and good career prospects. Camille Oliver, BEnvMan (Honours) (Sustainable Development)
    Environmental Officer (Compliance), Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


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.

Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development major teaches you how to manage (and minimise) the conflict between the need for growth and development, and our environment. This major teaches skills in environmental management, decision-making and problem-solving, with a focus on urban, industrial and rural environments. By the end of the major, you'll be ready to help companies and governments set and meet appropriate environmental standards.

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

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,232
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

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Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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