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Degree structure

Degree details

Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will have:

  1. Advanced knowledge in a growing professional area concerning the impact of climate change on economic sectors and ecosystems to provide depth in understanding of approaches that can assist to meet the challenges posed by climate change.
  2. Advanced knowledge about holistic approaches to sustainable energy development, the role of renewable energy technologies, the assessment of the environmental impacts associated with energy systems, and the management of those impacts.
  3. Technical skills to use downscaling climate modelling tools to predict climate change impacts on different economic sectors.
  4. Technical skills in spatial data analysis using graphical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing for the purposes of environmental management and planning.
  5. Cognitive skills to think critically and creatively in order to design options for mitigating or adapting to climate change.
  6. Cognitive skills in collecting, analysing, interpreting and reporting data from environmental monitoring programs and identifying and providing solutions to environmental concerns.
  7. Communication skills to explain the predicted global and regional climate changes due to human induced global warming and their predicted impacts to a variety of audiences and discuss how to develop more climate resilient, decarbonised communities.
  8. Communication skills to explain environmental decision-making for the purpose of public engagement with relation to environmental assessment and management.

Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  1. To identify and rank the potential climate change impacts and risks for a company and develop and implement an adaptation plan.
  2. To report on the energy consumption and carbon emissions of a company in compliance with Federal legislation and to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate an energy and carbon management program for a company.
  3. To make high level, independent judgements in developing energy and climate change policy for corporate or government entities.
  4. To conduct a feasibility study for a company concerning the incorporation of renewable energy technologies and in particular design a hybrid solar photovoltaic and battery system in accordance with industry accredited practice.

Graduates can expect to gain employment as sustainability, climate change or environmental officers in local government as well as in the corporate sector. Other areas of employment include power generation companies, renewable energy manufacturing and installation companies, international aid organisations, government departments, energy efficiency and environmental consultancies, university and private industry research organisations.

Career objectives

The aim of the Diploma is to provide advanced training in the areas of climate change adaptation and strategy, carbon policy, sustainable energy, and environmental impact and management.

Higher education


Recognised Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, or professional experience in a related area.
Some of the subjects taken assume some prior knowledge, details of which are given in the description of each subject in the Handbook. The most common of these is the Physics prerequisite for subjects such as Energy in Society, Energy Management, Energy Systems and Energy Efficient Buildings. Some students may therefore need to complete additional prerequisite subjects.

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
Email. J.Whale@murdoch.edu.au

English 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).

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.

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

This diploma is directed to the interface between energy and carbon studies and environmental impact assessment and is intended to provide graduate training for Australian and international professionals working, or wishing to work, in the areas of climate change management or sustainable energy and environmental management.

Recent significant changes in the global climate change policy environment have meant a shift to a broader range of adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. This is driving a demand for professionals with climate change skills across the Asia Pacific region and in Australia and the climate change and greenhouse gas reporting subjects have been designed by industry to address this demand.

Award Requirements

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 subjects

  • EENV592 Energy in Society
  • EENV558 Environmental Monitoring
  • EENV557 Environmental Assessment and Management
  • EENV303 GIS for Environmental Management and Planning
  • EENV502 Climate Change Impact Assessment
  • EENV503 Climate Change Adaptation and Strategy
  • EENV504 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment
  • EENV599 Climate Change Science and Policy

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
Email. J.Whale@murdoch.edu.au

This degree has undergone a major change effective Study Period 3, 2017.

Students will not be disadvantaged in any way by the upgraded curriculum. Degree variations will be permitted so that students currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment can take any of EENV599, EENV598, EENV504, EENV502 and EENV503 for their Energy electives.

If students want to do the subjects that were in the diploma when they first enrolled then they can still complete the subject content of EENV501, EENV596 or EENV632 by Independent Study Contract. Students will be contacted by Murdoch University to inform them of the updates.

For individual advice on study plans or any further enquiries, please contact the Academic Chair:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102
Email. J.Whale@murdoch.edu.au