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Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

Overview

Undertake a research apprenticeship at Australia’s highest-ranked university for research in environmental sciences.

Open up pathways to further research, postgraduate study options and exciting career opportunities by undertaking an additional year of study to obtain your honours in environmental science.

During your honours year, you'll work under the guidance of a researcher to pursue an independent research project in an area of interest.

Learn how to research the environment, apply your critical thinking skills and communicate and present your results.

Depending on the nature of your research project, you can also undertake fieldwork in diverse subtropical and tropical ecosystems, including World Heritage rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, North Stradbroke Island and outback Australia.

When you graduate, you'll find employment and research opportunities throughout industry, government and other sectors, and enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction of safeguarding our environment.

Alternately, further your research ambitions by continuing into a higher degree by research to further develop your skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
2459
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$44464 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
2459
CRICOS Code
102789J
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Tailor your studies to your interests and career goals with a flexible program that gives you the freedom to follow your passion.
  • Work under the guidance of a researcher and learn how to deliver a range of environmental strategies and solutions based on your findings.
  • Be in high demand by employers for your ability to think critically and work independently.

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

17 in the world for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Research scientist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental researcher
  • Environment adviser
  • Impact assessment scientist
  • Aviation and wildlife consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Soil carbon researcher
  • Toxicology consultant
  • Water quality specialist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)

$54K–$62K

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Next steps after graduation

As a graduate, you will contribute to environmental decision-making and management, and address global environmental challenges. You can find employment in organisations and sectors such as:

  • consultancy dealing with environmental monitoring, impact assessment and management
  • government agencies, nationally and internationally
  • mining industries
  • private companies, providing sustainability advice
  • natural resource management, including coastal, river and catchment systems
  • national parks and wildlife conservation
  • policy development for government
  • teaching and research
  • environmental tourism
  • international agencies.

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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor of Environmental Science (or equivalent), with:
  • a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale, and
  • a GPA of at least 4.5 for 8 units of courses at level 3 or higher relevant to the honours project, and
  • have secured an honours project and supervisor, and
  • satisfied any additional requirements set by the head of school.

Prerequisites

Bachelor of Environmental Science (or equivalent), with:
  • a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale, and
  • a GPA of at least 4.5 for 8 units of courses at level 3 or higher relevant to the honours project, and
  • have secured an honours project and supervisor, and
  • satisfied any additional requirements set by the head of school.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,464

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $7,330

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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