Science of Teaching

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This program is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies and gain high level knowledge and technical skills in areas such as Aquatic Science; Natural Resource Management; Environmental Studies; Science; Ecology; Environmental Management; Environmental Science; GIS, Restoration Ecology either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are well qualified for research careers with CSIRO, universities and research organisations with opportunities also available in museums and herbaria, zoos and botanic gardens, commercial industry and government planning departments, environmental protection agencies, national parks and wildlife management, forestry, water and soil conservation, environmental consultancies conducting impact statements and assessments, mining (rehabilitation, waste control and treatment).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
  • EUR 14770 Year (National)
  • EUR 14770 Year (International)
Start date February,June,October 2015 Credits 48
Duration full-time 12 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Course Aims

This degree program allows well-qualified Bachelor graduates to undertake a fourth year of study with a major component involving a research project and production of a research thesis. Graduates will obtain specialist knowledge in conceptual, scientific and technical competencies related to: Botany, Ecology, Geology and Zoology. Graduates will be able to improve their career prospects in these areas or to proceed to higher degree studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual and theoretical scientific knowledge that underpins their chosen field of study;
  • demonstrate high-level technical competencies in the field, laboratory and practical skills related to their chosen field of study;
  • demonstrate the ability to design, analyse and interpret environmental data to develop solutions in the context of technical, management and/or scientific frameworks; and
  • have developed high-level written and oral communication skills, and acquired skills to locate and critically evaluate scientific information through undertaking an independent scientific research project.
  • Graduate Attributes

    Knowledge of a Discipline

    Students will be required to read literature on practical, conceptual and theoretical aspects of their chosen field of study, and provided with the opportunity to obtain specialist knowledge in a selected discipline through an independent research project.

    Communication Skills

    Students will be required to express well-organised, logical and clearly written research thesis. Students will be exposed to techniques for improved oral and written communication skills, and required to submit literature reviews and present oral seminars on their research findings.

    Global Perspectives

    Students will examine examples of models, theories and case-studies of the ecology and management of ecosystems from around the world relevant to their chosen field of study.

    Information Literacy

    Students will be taught how to access the literature (especially on-line resources), how to evaluate the robustness of literature sources (discrimination skills) and how to critique available information. Students will be expected to demonstrate high-level research capacity in the production of a research thesis.

    Life-Long Learning

    The ability to be a critical thinker and an objective decision maker is a key life-long skill for environmental scientists. This will be instilled be the experiential learning dimensions of the degree where reflection on performance reveals alternative pathways to explain phenomena.

    Problem Solving

    Students will be challenged to critically examine literature, established theories and models, and techniques from a range of disciplines to address contemporary environmental issues. Conducting an independent research project will require students to develop and answer critical research questions.

    Social Responsibility

    Now more than ever, and as concern for the environment intensifies, scientists are increasingly being called away from the role of scientist and into policy and public consultation. Students will be exposed to concepts of social responsibility within the course and will be required to exhibit social responsibility when interacting with other students.

    Team Work

    All students undertaking practical work in the field and laboratory will be regularly working in teams. Students will be exposed to training in team skills and perspectives throughout the course, particularly in a professional workplace situation as part of their research project.


    1. Admission to a final honours course shall be at the discretion of the Head of School and subject to the provisions of Rule 2.

    2. (a) Except as provided in Rule 2.(b) and (c), a candidate for admission to a final honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours shall have fulfilled the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Science and shall have completed a listed unit appropriate to the proposed field of study.

    (b) The Head of the School may approve for admission to a final honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours a candidate who has fulfilled the requirements for an appropriate degree or other qualification of equivalent standing at another university or other institution recognised by the school for this purpose. The School may require additional evidence which will be specified in each case of the ability of such a candidate to undertake a final honours course in the school concerned.

    (c) With the approval of the School a candidate who has completed, within the Faculty, appropriate units from the listed units with a value of at least 36 credit points of the Bachelor of Environmental Science and who has completed within the University or at any other institution approved by the School for this purpose, other units equivalent to those additional units specified in the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Science may be admitted to candidature for the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours.

    3. Normally, candidature for the degree shall commence at the beginning of the year following that in which the candidate qualifies in terms of Rule 2. Candidature may be commenced at other times only with the approval of the Head of School.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of New England.


    The Faculty of Arts and Sciences offers The Sciences Encouragement Award each year. Further details are available from the Faculty Academic Director (

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