Diploma in Outdoor Environmental Studies

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Diploma in Outdoor Environmental Studies


This program is only available to International students

Program summary

Student profile

Looking for a career that combines environmental studies, exploration and adventure.

This diploma equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to the leadership of transformative outdoor environmental experiences in natural settings as a guide and scientific interpreter. You'll participate in fieldwork on Fraser Island and other locations on the Sunshine Coast, learn how to navigate diverse terrain using non-motorised modes of travel, develop an understanding of environmental management objectives, and learn about unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them.

Courses that involve field trips may require a degree of physical fitness and mobility. Some items of personal equipment will need to be provided/purchased by the students.

Students will complete 20-40 days of supervised outdoor environmental studies fieldwork (depending on elective choices) in local natural environments and the Fraser Island World Heritage Area.

The University will meet most costs of the field trips, but students will be required to pay for their own food. Students may also elect to participate in some additional private trips to refine their skills, knowledge and experience.

Recommended prior study

English and at least one of the sciences.

Additional entry information

International students who have completed studies relevant to the program are eligible for up to four courses credit based on the previous completed studies.

Applicants from a non-English speaking background must attain an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in each subtest.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be suited to pursue careers as leaders in outdoor education, outdoor environmental studies, and/or entry-level environmental management positions.


Upon completion students may be eligible for partial/full registration with the National Outdoor Recreation Leadership Scheme administered by the Outdoor Council of Australia, depending on courses completed.

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