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Tropical doctorate for land managers

FOR those already working in environmental management in the tropics, and keen to gain a professional doctorate in their area of expertise, this qualification is available through the Tropical Savannas CRC’s three partner universities.

The Professional Doctorate in Tropical Environmental Management (DTEM) offers research and coursework, but also a professional placement at one of the CRC’s partner agencies where candidates can conduct their research on the ground.

While professional doctorates have been available in Australia for more than a decade, it is the first time such a qualification is being offered in environmental management.

The concept for the doctorate originated within the TS–CRC education program, as a way of addressing the need for professionally focused educational opportunities in tropical northern Australia.

The award is now available through Charles Darwin University, James Cook University and the University of Queensland.

A professional doctorate is equivalent to the usual research PhD, but has clear links to industry through a professional placement and research program. Candidates should be able to make a significant contribution to their chosen area of study.

The three-year DTEM comprises two semesters of coursework and a four-semester research component which features a professional placement. At least one coursework unit must be undertaken at partner universities. For example, candidates enrolling this year at Charles Darwin University will undertake at least one coursework unit at both JCU and UQ.

Before starting their candidature, applicants prepare a comprehensive program of study that integrates all three elements of the DTEM.

The DTEM will ensure links with industry through:

  • Candidates collaborating with the users of research in developing the project proposal and /or setting of the research activity.
  • Industry partners will be included in the development of the curriculum.
  • Professional placements, in which students apply problem-solving models in a new workplace.
  • Co-supervisory arrangements with industry for research supervision, similar to those required of CRC-supported PhD students.

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