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Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management

Graduate Diploma

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The Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management opens up a range of career opportunities in forest work. The course is suited to graduates with a background in general or environmental sciences who wish to seek careers in forest management.

The plantation estate in the country is twice what it was a decade ago. Large areas of native forest in Australia require management, albeit not exclusively for wood but for biodiversity conservation, catchment protection, fire management, carbon storage and other purposes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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To be entered by school

Ethical practice

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Knowledge of a discipline

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Lifelong learning

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Communication and social skills

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Cultural competence

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Forestry units involve fieldwork in eucalypt forests, rainforests, plantations and on farms. 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.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

Graduates of this degree are eligible for associate membership with the Institute of Foresters of Australia.


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units in Part A; and
    2. four (4) units from Part B
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for a Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management has successfully completed four (4) units comprising at least two (2) units from Part A and up to two (2) units from Part B may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Forest Science and Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Graduate Diploma Degree.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

FOR03105 Fire Ecology and Management Advanced
FOR03083 Measuring Trees and Forests Advanced
FOR03107 Plantation Silviculture Advanced
FOR03085 Native Forests Silviculture Intermediate

Part B

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
FOR03106 Plant Physiology and Ecology Intermediate
FOR03084 Forest Operations Advanced
FOR03108 Wood Science and Utilisation Introductory
FOR03081 Forest Health: Pest and Disease Management Intermediate
FOR03110 Agroforestry and Farm Forestry Advanced
FOR03019 Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced
FOR03082 Forest Modelling and Management Advanced
FOR03111 Natural Resources Policy Intermediate
FOR03198 Product Development and Marketing Intermediate