Bachelor of Environment and Society

Bachelor of Environment and Society

UNDERGRADUATE

Investigate biodiversity, climate change, and corporate responsibility, and learn how policy works to manage the most pressing issues of our time. 

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

ATAR 71.55*

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Entry score:

ATAR 71.55

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Fees:

AU$30,720 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Investigate biodiversity, climate change, and corporate responsibility, and learn how policy works to manage the most pressing issues of our time.

The Bachelor of Environment and Society is a step toward a career that addresses the most pressing issues of our time, including biodiversity protection, food and water security, corporate responsibility, resource depletion, and climate change. You’ll join a community of passionate peers, all learning how to develop new methods of consumption and production, working toward a more sustainable future.

This unique degree highlights the social elements of environmental issues, providing graduates with operational knowledge and essential soft skills in communication and critical thinking, making you highly desirable to future employers. As a graduate, you will understand how to evaluate environmental policies and management strategies at local and global levels. 

To ensure you’re work-ready, you will undertake a minimum 20-day work placement in your final semester. Engagement with the environmental sector is also embedded in a number of subjects and assessments, and your final year project offers a chance to explore your passions in a supported environment. 

You will have the opportunity to participate in global study tours, and can take advantage of RMIT’s expansive network of industry contacts in leading environmental agencies and organisations.

Want to do more? You can also study a double degree: Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society.

Details

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, presentations and group work.

Many of your subjects will use online materials and activities to supplement class-based work, and you will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

You will be assessed through a combination of field work, exams, individual and group assignments, research reports, journals, assessed tutorials, presentations, and self- and peer-assessments.

In your final semester, you’ll participate in a 20-day work placement. We can help you find your placement at a number of environmental and related organisations, including:

  • Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
  • CSIRO
  • Landcare
  • Environmental consultancies
  • BORAL
  • Parks Victoria
  • Agriculture Victoria
  • Cultivating Communities
  • water and catchment management authorities
  • municipal councils and local government
  • non-government organisations
  • international aid and development agencies.

Graduates have used their work placement to gain employment after completing their studies. You can gain additional professional experience while studying, through real-world projects and consulting with industry.

You will be taught by experts in the field. Our academic staff publish in their specialised areas of knowledge, and many have public media profiles. They also undertake collaborative research projects with industry and government, and are up-to-date with current environmental issues and debates.

Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world projects in international contexts.

Students are encouraged to undertake semester-long study overseas at our partner universities in Hong Kong, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, or the Philippines. Past students have participants in teams working in countries such as Vietnam, Nepal and Mexico. 

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Year 1

In your first year, you will be introduced to the concepts of sustainability, environmental philosophy, politics and society, and ecology.

Year 2

In second year, you will learn about environmental management systems, climate change responses, policy analysis, impact assessment, environmental economics, and resource planning. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake overseas study as part of a study tour, or to study abroad at another university.

Year 3

In third year, you will perform research for external environmental agencies, and undertake a work placement. You will also get to work on a major project of your choice with a mentor that aligns with your area of interest.

Honours

If desired, you are able to undertake an honours year, during which you will work on an individual research project under the supervision of an advisor. 

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP000P16 - 3200332001

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP000P16 - 3200332003

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

As a Bachelor of Environment and Society graduate, you will have specific knowledge, as well as practical communication, problem-solving and research skills to help make you a desirable candidate to employers.

Your studies will prepare you to be an effective agent for the environment and for society, locally and internationally. You may find work with:

  • Commonwealth, state and local governments
  • consulting firms
  • community organisations
  • private and public businesses in metropolitan and rural areas
  • non-government aid and development agencies.

You may find work as a policymaker or officer, an environmental activist or advocate, a sustainability consultant or manager, a community educator, or an environmental protection officer. You could find yourself undertaking tasks relating to environmental management, identifying community needs, sustainability planning and environmental reporting.

Students and graduates of this program are able to apply for Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) membership. EIANZ is a not-for-profit, professional association for environmental practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand.

There are different categories of membership available and current students can apply for Student membership, while graduates can apply for Full membership.

Membership of the EIANZ enables students and graduates to network with industry professionals and attend a range of events.

Admissions

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent studies.

  • A study score of 30 in Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Health And Human Development, Australian Politics or Global Politics equals 2 aggregate points per study. 
  • Overall maximum of 6 points.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., level of TAFE qualification completed (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your highest completed qualification:

  • Advanced Diploma: 81
  • Diploma: 72
  • Certificate IV: 54

Personal statement

You are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining:

  • your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • your intended career path
  • the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
  • details of any related work or voluntary experience

If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only.

Applicants applying to RMIT through VTAC can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via their online VTAC account.

Applicants applying Direct to RMIT can upload their completed personal statement via their online Direct application.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., GPA (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. Previous fail grades in similar courses may affect your eligibility.

You must have successfully completed at least two courses (subjects) in an Australian bachelor degree or four courses (subjects) in an Australian associate degree, or overseas equivalent. You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your GPA. 

Personal statement

You are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining:

  • your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • your intended career path
  • the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
  • details of any related work or voluntary experience

If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only.

Applicants applying to RMIT through VTAC can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via their online VTAC account.

Applicants applying Direct to RMIT can upload their completed personal statement via their online Direct application.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) score (including any adjustment factors).

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites.

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

Personal statement

You are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining:

  • your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • your intended career path
  • the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
  • details of any related work or voluntary experience

If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only.

Applicants applying to RMIT through VTAC can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via their online VTAC account.

Applicants applying Direct to RMIT can upload their completed personal statement via their online Direct application.

  • A study score of 30 in Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Health And Human Development, Australian Politics or Global Politics equals 2 aggregate points per study. 
  • Overall maximum of 6 points.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Additional information

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 70% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

When you successfully complete this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

You can gain entry to this degree from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Fees

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2022 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,401 per standard year
$1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,630 per standard year
$1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$30,720.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$97,920.

Looking for answers or more general information?

For frequently asked questions or how to find more information regarding applications and enrolments, fees, student support services, university policies and more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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