Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science is a launch pad into leadership for professionals in the environmental sector. If you are a new graduate keen to kick-start your career, or a professional looking to up-skill or gain formal qualifications, then this one-year course is the perfect option.

Drawing on a wide range of science-based disciplines and applications—from ecology to solar power, analytical chemistry to geomorphology—the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science gives you a grounding in basic environmental issues, while also offering great flexibility in what subjects you take and how deep you delve into them.

The course’s focus is on linking your education in environmental sciences (such as ecology, climate change and chemistry) with studies in politics and law, project evaluation and assessment, decision-making and conflict resolution. As a result, you will be able to understand the environmental problems that can arise and the disparate solutions that can be applied to solve them. You can also pursue your particular interest with our range of electives, which include marine science, Australasian wildlife, sustainable development, law and the environment, geographic information science, and more.

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science student is taught by leading experts at the University of Sydney, which has been top-ranked for Environmental Science and Management in the world (Excellence in Research for Australia evaluations for 2012). Our graduates leave with a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base and the ability to apply their knowledge with flexibility and innovation as leaders in the workplace.

Embedded courses

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,359 total course cost.
International Students: $46,500 per year full-time


1 year full time, 2 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Agriculture & Environmental Studies postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 82.2% (national average 76.3%)
Improved skills: 80.0% (national average 82.5%)
Overall satisfaction: 86.7% (national average 84.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Agriculture & Environmental Studies postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 68.3% (national average 74.3%)
Studying full time: 4.3% (national average 8.0%)
Median full time salary: $85,000 (national average $75,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 074173M
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNENVSCI2000

Entry Requirements