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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) allows you to enhance your understanding of a chosen discipline within environmental science while building key research and transferable skills that enhance your employment options and prepare you for further study.

You’ve worked hard for your undergraduate degree. Why not take the next step with an honours degree that launches your career forward?

Honours is an optional year of specialised study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate studies. It’s an opportunity to showcase your expertise in a discipline you’re passionate about, and to develop invaluable research and life skills that will stay with you throughout your entire career.

With the support and supervision of experienced teachers who are leaders in their respective fields, you’ll be exposed to research of national and global significance in areas including:

  • behaviour, ecology, evolution and ecophysiology
  • ecological risk assessment
  • environmental management and sustainability
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • marine and freshwater biology
  • wildlife and conservation biology.

The coursework component of the honours program equips you with essential knowledge in areas that underpin research – experimental design, quantitative analysis and scientific communication and ethics. The research project component enables you to develop the research skills necessary to investigate your area of interest.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

At Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you are surrounded by expansive grounds and impressive new buildings. It offers state-of-the-art engineering, medical and sport facilities, as well as some of the most advanced research spaces in the world. The campus also features incredible sporting facilities, including Deakin’s Elite Sport Precinct, which includes an Australian rules football oval, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, athletics track, basketball courts, and more.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

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

Graduate with transferable skills that give you a competitive edge in the job market, including data analysis, critical thinking, and digital literacy. Your understanding of your chosen discipline, in addition to your highly advanced research skills, will set you up to succeed in further study and open up employment opportunities in roles such as:

  • coastal project officer
  • climate change campaigner
  • ecologist
  • fisheries officer
  • laboratory scientist
  • a park ranger or manager
  • marine biologist
  • sustainability consultant
  • museum curator
  • zoo biologist.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement, or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check, or another check.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.