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Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies

University of Tasmania
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
33,950 AUD
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33,950 AUD
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Program description

Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies

A Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies gives you a broad, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and tackling environmental issues, and develops your skills to build a better future for us all.

Nature, and especially wild nature, has become increasingly important for human mental and physical well-being. At the same time, it is fast being displaced, degraded and destroyed. An ability to think critically and creatively across disciplines, in the intersection between nature and human society, is vital for informing the management, protection, and use of the natural environment. People with this knowledge will work to protect and restore nature on our one planet.

There is no better place to study natural environments and wilderness than Tasmania. Our state is a living laboratory, with a fifth of it in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Areas, and 42% in protected areas, plus all accessible straight from the campus door. Tasmania also offers a vibrant variety of urban, social, and environmental enjoyments and issues to engage with, learn from, and live amongst.

This wide, interdisciplinary degree will enable you to contribute your skills and experience to a wide variety of occupations in a wide variety of places. Every nation, regardless of their level of development, has a natural environment which must be managed and protected.

Course objectives

This degree combines a breadth of environment-related disciplines plus gives you the option to widen your studies and include other approaches to the study of wilderness and natural environments.

It is a practical, field-focused degree, providing many options related to the management of the natural environment and environmental policy.

The structure of the degree ensures that you gain a broad cross-disciplinary understanding of the natural environments and wilderness, while being able to specialise in areas of interest. In addition to specialist knowledge and skills, this degree also develops a wide range of general abilities applicable to careers across any sector, including communication, data collection, fieldwork, analysis, information retrieval and presentation, planning and policy development.

Graduates will be able to draw on their multidisciplinary range of knowledge and skills as they seek to address complex socio-environmental problems that have no obvious solution, and often generate considerable public interest. For example, we know that communicating climate change science is only part of the challenge and that professionals working in this area need to be able to navigate politics and social values to effect change.

You could also look to address challenges where the solution involves an understanding of multiple disciplines such as ecology, planning, and environmental impact processes, and the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders who all have different views and experience levels based, such as helping maintain healthy populations of endangered species like eagles.

Graduates are forging their way into their dream jobs, traversing landscapes ranging from sheep farms to World Heritage areas to suburban bushland, where they work indoors and outdoors on challenges that are close to their hearts and move us into a kinder era of environmental stewardship.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Global Geographies of Change
  • Space, Place and Nature

Year 2

  • Natural Environment Field Techniques
  • Placing Australia in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Geographies of Economy, Politics and Culture
  • Place and Landscape in Tasmania

Year 3

  • Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected Areas
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Geography and Environment Research Project
  • Political Ecologies of Development
  • Geographies of Island Places
  • Bridging Science and Policy for Sustainability
  • Our Changing Climate
  • Catchment and Coastal Geomorphology
  • Geoheritage and Geotourism
  • Conserving Nature in Landscapes

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Gather, synthesise and critically evaluate information on natural environments and their relationships with people, by: demonstrating a capability to access information relevant to a problem; drawing out the major themes and connections; assessing the reliability and specificity of the information.
  2. Demonstrate a well‐developed knowledge of the physical geography, politics and management of natural environments and wilderness by: articulating aspects of this knowledge on short notice; writing about aspects of this knowledge on short notice.
  3. Professionally apply spatial, scientific and social science techniques and tools to answer questions related to the conservation and exploitation of natural environments by: demonstrating capability to produce publishable outcomes from research; demonstrating ability to produce professional documents; demonstrating ability to produce policy documents.
  4. Effectively communicate about natural environments with other professionals and the public by: communicating data, information or recommendations to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes; listening to, evaluating, and responding appropriately to the views of others.
  5. Undertake and critique environmental assessments and formulate and critique natural environment management plans by: engaging in processes to produce environmental assessments in a realistic context; engaging in producing natural environmental management plans in a real world context.
  6. Work ethically, effectively, responsibly, respectfully and safely in natural environments by: being independent and self-directed learners; working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context; understanding the ethical responsibilities and regulatory frameworks relevant to working in the environmental science professions.

Continuing studies

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the Course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

Career opportunities

This interdisciplinary degree provides you with the knowledge and skills to gain employment in a wide variety of sectors related to natural environments and wilderness, vital as we continue to expand our presence on the earth and need to live in harmony with the natural environment to ensure our survival.

Opportunities include nature-based tourism, natural area management and natural area interpretation, across government, private and not for profit industries.

The broad nature of the degree also provides more general employability in the same way as the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. The skills you learn are applicable to industries and sectors all over the world. Anywhere there is interaction with the natural environment, your skills and knowledge can be utilised.

Career opportunities with natural environment and wilderness studies include:

  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental organisations and consultancies
  • Land and heritage management
  • Nature-based and eco-tourism
  • Parks planning and management
  • Resource-based industries such as forestry
  • Natural resource management

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About this institute

University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

Tasmania is a place unlike any other.  Our island is a living laboratory where environment, industry and society are uniquely connected.  With 45% of the island being National Park or World Heritage listed it is a stunning place to get...

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Why study at University of Tasmania

Australia ranked #2 study abroad country

Australia has been ranked the #2 study abroad country in the world for 2020! With everything from the tranquility of the Gold Coast beaches to the adventure of the Australian Alps, take a trip “Down Under” and discover why Australia is a great choice for an exceptional study abroad experience.

Tasmania is unique and so are Tasmanians. We believe in our island. We embrace the unusual. And we love imagination.

From our vibrant cities to the stillness of our World Heritage-listed wilderness, our incredible island is a place of contrasts – and we embrace its character in everything we do.

We offer great courses in an extraordinary location, and our teaching is supported by world-leading research, so you know you’re getting direct access to the best expertise. We’re the only university in the state, which means you will get unparalleled access to industry connections through our institution’s partnerships.

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TAS 7001 Hobart

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