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 participate in a variety of field trips to a diverse range of environments across Queensland and internationally to locations including Indonesia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Fieldwork gives you the chance to broaden your understanding of environmental management practice.

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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 2017 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.

Majors for this program

There are 2 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.

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  • 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

The Natural Systems and Wildlife major teaches you how to use scientific, social, economic and managerial information in natural systems, and wildlife conservation and management. The major combines the study of biology with multidisciplinary skills in environmental management, decision-making, problem-solving and policy analysis.

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.

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