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Graduate Diploma of Ornithology

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Graduate Diploma of Ornithology

Graduate Certificate in Ornithology

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The Graduate Diploma of Ornithology caters for professional and amateur ornithologists who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge while attaining a recognised tertiary qualification.

CSU's Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Ornithology are the only specialised postgraduate courses in Australia in the field of ornithology.

The Graduate Diploma of Ornithology is related to:

  • Why study this course?

    You will gain advanced knowledge about the foraging behaviour, breeding ecology, social organisation, and movements of birds. You can apply this knowledge in ornithology to contemporary issues associated with conservation, including those requiring highly specialised skills or technical abilities.

    Specialised subjects

    With an emphasis on Australian birds, this course consists of a number of specialised subjects focused on evolution, taxonomy, ecology, foraging behaviour, field survey techniques, conservation and management. It builds on the knowledge gained in the Graduate Certificate in Ornithology and gives you the skills to apply your knowledge to contemporary issues associated with conservation.

    Flexible study options

    Flexible learning gives you choices about where, when and how your learning occurs. You can balance your work, life and study commitments by taking between one and four subjects each session, swapping study modes or, with permission, varying your study pattern to suit your needs.

    School of Environmental Sciences

    CSU is one of the few universities in Australia to be ranked as 'above the world standard' in environmental science and management in the Australian Government's national evaluation of the research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences emphasises applied learning, using real-world examples, field studies and vocationally focused training to teach you about the environment.

  • Career opportunities

    As a graduate of CSU's Graduate Diploma of Ornithology, you could work as an ecologist, wildlife biologist, protected area manager, environmental educator, researcher or sustainable tourism or adventure tour leader. You could work for government agencies or non-profit organisations or as an ecological consultant.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Graduate Certificate in Ornithology requires students to complete four compulsory subjects (32 points).

    BIO430 Avian Biology
    BIO433 Ornithological Methods
    BIO431 Avian Systematics and Biogeography
    BIO432 Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation of Birds
    The Graduate Diploma in Ornithology is an additional four subjects (32 points).
    Students undertake two core subjects and choose two others from a restricted subject list.
    Core ornithology subject list includes:
    BIO437 Captive Husbandry and Reintroduction of Birds
    BIO439 Behavioural Ecology
    Restricted subject list includes:
    SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    GEO513 River Hydrology and Geomorphology
    BIO521 Restoration Ecology
    ENM413 The Principles and Practice of Field Ecology

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate

    Year 1 Session 1
    BIO430 Avian Biology
    BIO433 Ornithological Methods

    Year 1 Session 2
    BIO431 Avian Systematics and Biogeography
    BIO432 Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation of Birds
    With 32 point students may opt to exit at this point with the Graduate Certificate in Ornithology.

    Graduate Diploma
    A further 4 subjects (32 points), with at least 2 core subjects (16 points).

    Year 2 Session 1
    BIO437 Captive Husbandry and Reintroduction of Birds
    Restricted Elective

    Year 2 Session 2
    BIO439 Behavioural Ecology
    Restricted Elective

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    BIO431 Avian Systematics and Biogeography
    BIO433 Ornithological Methods

  • Admission information

    Applicants must have relevant undergraduate degree before entering in to this course

    Applicants are expected to hold one of the following:

    • at least five years relevant experience in a natural resource industry
    • at least five years part-time project experience with a recognised ornithological society
    • other equivalent experience as deemed appropriate by the Faculty.

    Students must successfully complete the requirements of the Graduate Certificate before progressing to the Graduate Diploma of Ornithology.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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  • About the School

    School of Environmental Sciences

    CSU is one of the few universities in Australia to be ranked as ‘above the world standard’ in environmental science and management by the Commonwealth Government in the national evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences is amongst the top five schools of its kind in Australia, offering courses in environmental science, park management, natural resource management, spatial science, and outdoor recreation and ecotourism – with some subjects involving intensive international field trips. The School emphasises applied learning, using real-world examples, field studies, and vocationally focused training to teach students about the environment. On campus study in environmental sciences is located at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus – Australia's first environmentally friendly university campus.

  • Preparing for Study

    If you wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar, we recommend any of the following Studylink subjects:

    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (Face-to-Face Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 - Critical Thinking
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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