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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 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

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.
  • Gain practical skills to apply scientific planning and business principles to achieve a balance between environmental protection and human development in an effort to manage the environmental challenges faced by modern society.
  • Choose from a wide selection of 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.

  • Research

    Learn from the best

    Our researchers are involved in environmental decision making for influential institutions around the world, including the Nature Conservancy, the Royal Society of London, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Employability

    Industry placements

    Undertake a full semester of placement and practical experience in your third year. In your final year, apply your skills to a real-world environmental problem through an in-depth research project or a case study with an external client.

  • Why study

    Leader on global issues

    Tackle some of the biggest issues facing the modern world with a world-class education. UQ is ranked number one in Australia and 11th internationally for research in environmental sciences, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Career outcomes

You will find employment in managerial, research, administrative and educational 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 consultancy in environmental planning and management
  • mining and resources
  • 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.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Beyond the classroom

    See the world

    Expand your outlook and give your studies an international edge. Live and study abroad for a semester or year with one of our partner universities, including world-leading scientific institutions across the US and UK.

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  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

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  • Why study

    Study the environment at UQ

  • Alumni
    “I chose 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)
    Senior Environmental Officer (Compliance), Department of Environment & Science, Queensland Government


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

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


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

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 industry placement course 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 industry placement project 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 Indonesia 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.

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 $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) for the 2020 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.

Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.


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.

Apply now to QTAC

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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