Take your science degree to a new level with postgraduate study in a field of applied science that has global impact.
The Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management focuses on the biodiversity of forests, conservation, plantation management and catchment protection and will prepare you for a career in a diverse, challenging and global industry.
This degree takes your foundational scientific skills up several notches, preparing you with the knowledge to consider and address resource management across agribusiness and native forests.
As a graduate you will have opportunities for a career in the park management, land rehabilitation, plantation forestry and other areas of forest work. You will also have a path to continue your study in the Master of Forest Science and Management.
The Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management is suited to graduates with a background in general or environmental sciences who wish to seek careers in forest management. The course opens up a range of career opportunities in forest work. Graduates are suited to employment in the following fields:
Eligible graduates can complete further study to attain the Master of Forest Science and Management.
Graduates of this degree are eligible for associate membership with the Institute of Foresters of Australia.
The course provides targeted forest science and management education and training. It includes studies in natural resource management, measuring trees and forests, fire ecology and management, plant physiology and ecology, wood science, forest operations, silviculture, forest health and pest management. Students undertake fieldwork in eucalypt forests, rainforests, plantation forests and on farms.
Assessment varies for each unit. It generally comprises a mix of assessment types, including laboratory- and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
The majority of coursework units involve a lecture (two hours) and a laboratory session or tutorial (two-three hours) per week, for on-campus students. For units that are delivered online, students are typically provided with a study guide, together with readings from relevant text books and journals.
Some units may be offered as intensive short courses to enable participation by professional foresters and may include formal lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips for hands-on experience to put theory into practice.