The School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences teaches into the Bachelor of Science at an undergraduate level, and offers a range of graduate study options.
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science and Breadth subjects
There are 41 majors to choose from in the Bachelor of Science. Ecosystem Science and Environmental Science are the majors offered by the School of Ecosystem and Forest Science.
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Ecosystem and forest sciences subjects can also be taken as an elective to complement a major in another area, or as Breadth.
|Major in Ecosystem Science|
This major shows you how to care for, use and protect our ecosystems, allowing you to specialise in either urban ecosystems or forest ecosystems.
|Major in Environmental Science|
This major combines knowledge in biology, chemistry, statistics and earth sciences for a multidisciplinary approach to tackling our environmental challenges.
If your goal is to eventually study a PhD in this field, one pathway is to add an honours year to your Bachelor of Science.
Graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and community access subjects
Our certificates, diplomas and subjects are popular choices for graduates looking to upskill and professionals considering a career change.
|Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture|
Learn how to manage trees in the urban forest, studying tree growth and function, plant identification and selection, pests and diseases, and environmental stresses.
|Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Planning and Management|
Enhance your knowledge of fire in the Australian landscape and further develop skills in either planning and regulation to minimise bushfire risks, or fire management.
|Graduate Certificate in Garden Design|
Learn about holistic design principles, how to choose and use the right plants for the right situations, and develop skills in drawing and graphic presentation.
|Graduate Certificate in Green Infrastructure|
Develop cross-disciplinary approaches to the planning, design and management of green infrastructure to improve city environments, including urban trees, green roofs and walls, and water-sensitive urban design.
|Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture|
Explore the foundations of designing, creating, managing and advocating for urban green spaces. This is a potential pathway into the Master of Urban Horticulture.
|An excellent introductory course for those wishing to learn more about horticulture.|
Masters by coursework
These two-year courses are ideal for students looking to become specialists in their field, or prepare for research.
|Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation|
Build hands-on, practical skills in the management of our biophysical environment while learning to successfully consult and collaborate with communities and other stakeholders.
|Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)|
This degree, which includes a major research project, will take your expertise in ecosystem science to an advanced level, and prepare you for a career in research.
|Master of Urban Horticulture|
Learn to design, manage and advocate for greater urban greening and the importance of these green spaces.
Graduate research: PhD and masters by research
Pursue a career in research or academia and delve deeper into your area of interest through a Doctor of Philosophy or a Master of Philosophy in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.
|Master of Philosophy (Science)|
If you’re thinking about a research career, but aren’t ready to commit to a PhD, the MPhil gives you the perfect introduction to university-based scientific research.
|Doctor of Philosophy (Science)|
Join one of our world-renowned research groups, work with state-of-the-art equipment, and soak up all the professional development opportunities and international connections available at the highest level of research qualification.
The University of Melbourne has one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia. With over 1200 scholarships and prizes available for new and current students, it's more than likely there is one that you're eligible for either when you start your course or during your studies.