Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 8 units to complete

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Please Note: This course was previously known as Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment  (Global Warming and Climate Science) .

The Graduate Diploma in Energy & Environment has been designed to provide postgraduate training for Australian and international professionals working (or wishing to work) in the field of environmental management within the energy industry.

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the policy context of energy systems, the associated environmental impacts and their assessment and subsequent monitoring. Particular focus is paid to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and global warming issues, currently demanding much attention at all levels of society.


Students will gain knowledge about holistic approaches to sustainable energy development and how to improve existing energy systems. They will develop knowledge of climate change science, energy and carbon policy, the management and reporting of energy and carbon emissions, the environmental impacts associated with energy systems, and their assessment and subsequent monitoring. In addition students have the opportunity to undertake a short research project to explore an area of energy that they are really passionate about. Students are required to complete a total of 24 points over a period of 1 year full-time equivalent, which is available in internal, external or mixed-mode of study.


Graduates of a Graduate Diploma will have:

  1. skills to report on energy consumption and carbon emissions, critique and improve energy policy, and conduct research into innovative energy solutions,
  2. skills in spatial data analysis using graphical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing for the purposes of environmental management and planning,
  3. skills in developing policy instruments, environmental decision-making and public engagement with relation to environmental assessment and management,
  4. skills in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting data from environmental monitoring programs,
  5. cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to problems,
  6. cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
  7. specialised technical and creative skills in a field of skilled and/or professional practice,
  8. communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts, and
  9. communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.

The course is designed in a way that the postgraduate students, irrespective of their previous degrees, can learn aspects of management, sustainability, policy and climate science in relation to environmental aspects of energy project development. The course also teaches students research skills that allow them to investigate a particular area of interest in the field of energy, develop a research plan and write a scientific report.


With training in state of the art research and teaching facilities, you will gain practical experience and learn from experts from the Murdoch University Energy Research and Innovation Group (MUERI) as well as environmental impact experts from Environmental Science at Murdoch University. Graduates will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  1. to make high level, independent judgments in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised energy and environment contexts,
  2. to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate specialised technical and/or creative contexts, and
  3. with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters.

Students apply techniques learned from the course in environmental assessment and management at all scales of application from the local to regional, national and international level, and across a range of applications including protected area management, industry, government planning agencies and environmental impact assessment. Classroom students have site visits to wind farms, solar farms, village power renewable energy demonstrations, and conduct a walk-through investigation of energy consumption in a large hospital. Lectures are provided by MUERI renewable energy experts, Environmental Science experts as well as from guests from the energy and environmental science industries. Online students are provided all materials from the lectures, tutorials and site visits and are encouraged to participate in live classroom discussions and to present their work using online software.
The assignments are designed in a way that the students test and improve their understanding in scientific, mathematical, operational, engineering and computing skills, and critical analysis and reporting.
Students also learn how to conduct literature reviews that they present, either in person or online, to gain confidence on gathering information, improve their reporting and presentation skills, and to update their knowledge on current research and modern practices in renewable energy. 
Some students have been successful in obtaining vacation employment during their studies which helps them to select a career in the energy or environmental industries. This course will also provide students with a clear pathway to the Master of Renewable Energy at Murdoch

There is increasing interest within government and industry to develop approaches that will reduce GHG emissions. It is expected that there will be high demand for personnel with expertise in GHG science and policy following the Australian government's introduction of the Emission Trading Scheme.

Key potential employers include: government agencies, large companies that will acquire GHG obligations, companies entering or expanding their operations in the carbon trading arena, organisations active in the GHG policy debate and industry organisations seeking to advise members of obligations and potential opportunities.


An undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution.
Some of the units have a prerequisite for Upper High School or introductory university level Physics. Therefore, students without that background may need to do the prerequisite unit SCI16 Introduction to Physics in addition to the eight units in this degree. Please contact the Academic Chair of Energy Studies to discuss:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102

English Language Proficiency Requirements

International Applicants, and Australian applicants whose first language is not English, must demonstrate competency in the English language. The minimum English language requirements are: International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic): with a minimum overall score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0).

Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment 

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment students must complete the following 8 units

All Murdoch graduate level units will be 3 points for 2016

  • EENV303 GIS for Environmental Management and Planning
  • EENV501 Energy and Greenhouse Reporting
  • EENV558 Environmental Monitoring
  • EENV632 Greenhouse Science and Policy
  • EENV591 Energy Policy
  • EENV592 Energy in Society
  • EENV596 Energy Studies Project
  • EENV557 Environmental Assessment and Management

For individual advice on how recent changes to the degree structure may affect you, please contact the Academic Chair, Dr. Jonathan Whale, direct:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
GIS for Environmental Management and Planning
EENV303 Murdoch - - SP3 -
Energy and Greenhouse Reporting
EENV501 Murdoch SP1 - - -
Environmental Monitoring
EENV558 Murdoch - - SP3 -
Greenhouse Science and Policy
EENV632 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Energy Policy
EENV591 Murdoch - - SP3 -
Energy in Society
EENV592 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Energy Studies Project
EENV596 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Environmental Assessment and Management
EENV557 Murdoch SP1 - - -

Students with adequate academic backgrounds should seek exemptions from the Chair of Energy Studies at Murdoch University. Applicants with relevant prior learning may be granted credit if they comply with the university’s policy on accreditation. Students should contact Murdoch University for further advice.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

2015 Course Changes 

Murdoch’s commitment to you:

  • Murdoch will honour its commitments to you as a Murdoch student.
  • You will not be disadvantaged by the changes to the curriculum.
  • Murdoch will actively manage your progress and provide study-planning support.

The significant changes are:

  • There have been no more 4 point postgraduate units offered since 2015.
  • All students need to graduate with 24 points of credit, but may be able to graduate with 23 points of credit if signed off by the Academic Chair for the programs – to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by the changes.

For individual advice on how the 2015 degree changes may affect you, please contact the Academic Chair:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102