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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Science (Ecotourism)

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions in 2019.

Ecotourism, a blend of science and tourism, draws together aspects of biology, geology and ecology for students to understand and be able to communicate the science underpinning tourists’ experience of our natural world.

The postgraduate program in ecotourism is the most comprehensive science-based ecotourism course in Australia, and has been designed to meet a pressing industry need for ecotourism nationally and internationally. Students have the opportunity to specialise in geotourism or nature-based tourism, and may choose from a range of electives to further broaden their knowledge. Elective choices in law, wine science, marketing and entrepreneurship will help students become industry-ready for a career in ecotourism both within Australia and internationally.

There is a strong research component within this course, as well as a number of community, government and industry events where students will gain a direct appreciation for the number of graduate career opportunities available within this sector.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Ecotourism is a huge growth area locally, nationally and internationally as today’s tourists desire to explore, gain unique experiences and ultimately understand the world. This program has been designed to meet this pressing industry need and to create graduates who are leaders in their field who can understand, explain, and educate others on the science of a landscape.

The course opens a range of graduate career opportunities, such as those in government, wineries, regional councils, policy and strategy, marketing, consulting, and management of ecotourism companies.

Potential careers
Land Resources and Land Care, Marine Biologist, National Parks / Ranger, Natural Resource Manager, Ecotourism, Environmental Management, Environmental Project Officer, Resource Management, Science Communicators, Sustainability Manager, Tourism, Wildlife Officer

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
 
Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5