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QUT (Queensland University of Technology)

  • 17% international / 83% domestic

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) (Environmental Science)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Develop the skills to undertake environmental planning and management, and tackle global issues such as climate change and wildlife conservation.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
4 years full-time
Course Code
ST20, 102820D
Intake Months

About this course

  • Designed for high-achieving students interested in a career in science research.
  • Bypass general science units to get straight into Environmental Science.
  • Immerse yourself in real-world research from your first year - with authentic research environments and projects.
  • Study alongside other high-achieving students, with leading QUT researchers in the labs and facilities.
  • Specialised quantitative mathematics minor to build analytical skills needed to underpin your scientific research.

What you will learn

In this new, embedded honours specialised course, you can expect to study alongside a small cohort of high-achieving fellow science enthusiasts for four years. You'll be immersed in real-world research from your first year in authentic research environments, with leading QUT researchers and projects.

An understanding of the mechanisms controlling environmental systems provides the skills required to undertake a great range of scientific environmental planning and management, and tackle problems such as local water quality and ecosystem impacts, soil erosion, catchment and groundwater use, or adaptation to global climate change.

We rely on our natural environment to sustain our lives and our lifestyles. We continually need to improve our understanding and management of the natural environment to balance our development with wise management while minimising impacts and degradation.

Career pathways

Careers and outcomes

As a graduate of Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours), you will be an emerging research scientist, having played a significant role in designing, planning and executing an independent research project at the forefront of science and technology. Possessing advanced knowledge and skills in scientific research and analysis methods, you will have experience in applying these skills to design experiments and solve complex real-world problems. High-level communication skills will ensure you can present knowledge and ideas clearly and effectively, in both oral and written forms, to diverse audiences. You will be a critical thinker, able to apply judgement, to develop new understanding, to consolidate and synthesise new knowledge, and to adapt readily to different contexts.

These transferable skills will make you a highly valued as a STEM professional and are applicable across multiple industries. Those skills, together with your depth of knowledge in your specialist study area, will provide a myriad of employment opportunities, including:

  • Ecologist
  • Environmental planner
  • Environmental manager
  • Regeneration consultant
  • Researcher
  • Laboratory manager.
Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and a variety of other scientific societies, including the Soil Science Society of Australia and the Ecological Society of Australia.

Research pathways

This honours-level qualification has a strong focus on research pathways in STEM and provides you with a more specialised degree, for a particular science discipline. As a graduate, you will be ideally prepared to enter a PhD program.

Possible careers
  • Agronomist
  • Coastal Scientist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental manager
  • Government Officer
  • Marine Scientist
  • Policy Officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Population Ecologist
  • Project Manager