Course summary

Our forests are the lungs of the Earth. They are also an invaluable resource for industry and society. The size of Australia's plantation estate is twice what it was a decade ago, requiring large areas of native forest to be under management - not just for wood, but also for biodiversity conservation, catchment protection, fire management, carbon storage and other purposes.

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 you explore forest biodiversity, conservation, plantation management, catchment protection, agribusiness and native forestry, this breadth of study will prepare you for a career in a vital and varied industry.

Graduates can consider options in park management, land rehabilitation, plantation forestry and other areas of forest work. This degree is also a pathway to further study in the Master of Forest Science and Management.

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. You will undertake fieldwork in eucalypt forests, rainforests, plantation forests and on farms. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

To be entered by school


To be entered by school

Ethical practice

To be entered by school

Knowledge of a discipline

To be entered by school

Lifelong learning

To be entered by school

Communication and social skills

To be entered by school

Cultural competence

To be entered by school

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

Course overview

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Domestic duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $32,000 ($4,000 per unit) 071788D

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  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.