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Postgraduate Program in Tropical Environmental Management

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The sustainable management of tropical savannas is one of the most important challenges currently facing Australia and many other parts of the world. In response to this challenge the Charles Darwin University, in conjunction with the Tropical Savannas CRC, has developed the Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Tropical Environmental Management courses.

Located at the Charles Darwin University, the program is for students wishing to continue their studies in environmental management, or those with training in other fields who would like to obtain qualifications in environmental management.

Units are also offered by James Cook University in Townsville and Cairns. The course coordinator is Dr Penny Wurm, Charles Darwin University and you can also contact Penny for information on units at James Cook University (contact details below).

All core units are available flexibly, to suit students' individual learning needs. The material is presented using online, print-based and CD-ROM formats. Some units have a compulsory field trip, and lecturers provide voluntary tutorials for on-campus students.

Students must have access to appropriate computer facilities; these are available at CDU for on-campus students.

The Centre's partner agencies, who are involved in environmental management across northern Australia, have collaborated in the development of learning materials and supervise projects in this program.

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Features of the courses

  • Field work in the spectacular environments of the Top End
  • Hands on practical experience in tropical ecosystems
  • Contact with environmental management professionals
  • External mode and flexible learning
  • Full-time and part-time study options
  • Fees payable through PELS
  • Wide selection of units from CDU and partner universities James Cook and UQ.

Units include:

  • Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas
  • Tropical Wetland Management
  • GIS Applications in Environmental Management
  • Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
  • Natural Resources and Livelihoods


All students enrol in the Masters which takes three semesters full time or equivalent part time. Students may exit earlier with a Graduate Diploma (two semesters) or Graduate Certificate (one semester).

Entry requirements

Degree from a recognised institution majoring in a field relevant to environmental management. Students may apply for advanced standing for their professional and academic experience.

Admission requirements

  • (a) a Degree from a recognised institution majoring in one of the following:
    • Biological Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Geography
    • Geographic Information or other disciplines, as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Science or delegate.
  • (b) or a Graduate Diploma or Honours degree in a discipline deemed appropriate (as above).

Students would normally be expected to have obtained an average grade of credit or above (or the equivalent) in final year subjects in the appropriate discipline area. Advanced standing (up to 40 per cent) will be granted to students with appropriate professional and research experience, or appropriate postgraduate study, counting toward the dissertation component of the program. Advanced standing is to be determined by the Dean of Science or delegate.

Students may be expected to take recommended undergraduate units from the Schedule of approved elective units if these areas are not included in their undergraduate degrees (specifically, Ecology and/or Environmental Science; Biometrics and/or Statistics; Geographic Information Systems.)

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