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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism)

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions. For further information about related degrees

Protect the places you love

Our ecotourism degree develops scientists and explorers who care about our planet. It’s for those who’re fascinated by the natural world and wish to share its wonders with others.

Ecotourism experts work within a growing nature-based tourism industry, along with governments and communities, to build cultural and environmental awareness. They develop and provide content for tourists while promoting conservation and the value of science.

The demand for nature-based tourism is only growing, already accounting for around 20% of global travel*.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism) gives you the skills and knowledge to excel in a flourishing industry. You will:

  • specialise in Geotourism or Nature Based Tourism
  • blend studies in geology, biology, botany and zoology
  • build multicultural knowledge and sensitivity
  • get outdoors for real-world research projects on active ecotourism sites
  • go on national field trips.

You’re also free to take your studies overseas on exchange or study tours.

Where could it take you?

You might own your own company or work within a large tourism and hotel network. You could guide groups into the Australian outback, through rainforests where glow worms light up the night or under plummeting waterfalls. Perhaps you’ll develop government legislation for environmentally sustainable tourism operations. You could even utilise your science and communication skills in media or education, making environmental sciences accessible to the general public and future generations.

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.


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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
This degree helps you gain employment as an ecotourism expert in local and national government, major tourism bodies and the private sector. You’ll even have opportunities to establish your own consultancy or tourism business. 

You might be:
developing community-based tourism programs in rural communities.
assessing the potential and demand for ecotourism products and sites in Australia and overseas.
working as an Ecotourism Consultant to identify investors and develop ecotourism guidelines and agreements for adventure and wildlife viewing tours.
advising industry and communities to design and construct nature trails.
providing ecotourism and environmental education and interpretation.
developing ecotourism products and materials, including for start-up ecotourism ventures and consultancy services.

Industry Placement
In your final semester, you’ll take a capstone course, where you work on a real-world research project in a small group. 

You’ll also do an individual research project on the ecotourism potential of an area. This research is done in collaboration with relevant industry/government/communities, and the projects may involve site visits, field work, and work placements.

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

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 70%

ISBE [India] 80%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 6.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 6.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Reading and Listening 13

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 50

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 176 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 169