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The School of Environment field studies allow you to conduct research, and gain practical experiences within some of Australia’s most spectacular and diverse regions. There are also opportunities to take your studies internationally with some units located in the spectacular regions of Indonesia, Brazil or even the Galapagos Islands.

The field studies are short intensive units, or units with field work components. They are open to any undergraduate or postgraduate student studying with participating universities within Australia.

Enhance your field, technical and practical skills by including an intensive unit in your study plan. The enrolment process differs for each unit, enquire now to find out more about the unit you are interested in.



Central Java Field Intensive

Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Central Java  |  1 - 14 July 2017  |  14 days (optional additional week) plus online study |  SID300 (undergraduate), SID500 (postgraduate)

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Work with tropical biology staff from one of Indonesia’s most respected universities. To be held again in 2018 when you will investigate mangrove communities on the south Java coast and fauna on volcanic Mt Merapi, Java, Indonesia.


Eastern Indonesian Engineering Field Intensive

Eastern Indonesia  |  2018, dates TBA  |  15 days plus online study  |  SID300 (undergraduate), SID500 (postgraduate)

Eastern Indonesian Engineering Intensive.pngThis intensive is an opportunity for you to expand your knowledge of applied natural resources management, livelihoods, and rural development issues and practice. Students will work on real issues in a rural, small-holder farming community.


Brazilian Amazon Field Intensive

Brazil, South America  |  Summer Semester, 2018  |  2 weeks plus online study  | SID300 (undergraduate), SID500 (postgraduate)

Learn first-hand about conservation issues faced in the Amazon, while developing a range of skills in wildlife monitoring, involving data collection, management and analysis. You will investigate the Giant South American Turtle, gaining an insight into the pioneering, and widespread effort to protect Riverine Turtles in the Amazon.

Desert Field Ecology

Central Australia, Northern Territory  |  8 July – 15 July 2017  |  7 days plus online study  | ENV315 (undergraduate), ENV515 (postgraduate)

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Based in the spectacular World Heritage listed Tjorita / West MacDonnell National Park and Alice Springs, this intensive unit facilitates the use of camera trapping surveys of aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates, bird surveys and the assessment of plant communities to contribute to ecological understanding of desert environments.

Ecosystem Function: Field studies in Northern Australia

Outer Darwin region, Northern Territory  |  23 June to 3 July 2017  | 10 days plus online study  |  ENV316 (undergraduate), ENV516 (postgraduate)

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Based in the tropical savanna biome in Northern Australia, you will investigate environmental gradients and ecosystem functions by assessing landforms, soils, vegetation and fire regimes. The ten day field intensive involves a 1000km return journey between Darwin, visiting sites to the south of Darwin, Mataranka, Daly River, Adelaide River and Litchfield National Park.

Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods

Darwin-Daly and outer Darwin region, Northern Territory  |  11 to 15 September 2017  |  4 days plus online study |  ENV317 (undergraduate), ENV517 (postgraduate)

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This intensive unit explores the connections between natural resource based enterprise development and local indigenous livelihoods. Gain a deep understanding of how to set up and operate natural resource based enterprise, and gain an insight into its components such as marketing, certificate and branding.

 Galapagos Islands Field Intensive: Evolution, conservation and management

Galapagos Islands  |  Summer Semester, 2018, date TBC  |  2 weeks plus online study  |  SID300 (undergraduate), SID500 (postgraduate)

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A unique opportunity in one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing – the Galapagos Islands. You will gain hands-on experience by learning about evolution, island biogeography, biodiversity and endemicity. You will find out about the main threats to the islands and what is being done for their conservation and management.

Introductory Ecology - unit with short field component

Darwin region  |  April 2018  |  3 days plus online and/or classroom activities throughout semester one  |  ENV201 (undergraduate only)

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This unit provides an introduction to ecology at the population, community and ecosystems levels. You will have the opportunity to learn field techniques and apply your understanding of ecological theory during a three day field component.


Remotely Piloted Aircraft: Learning to fly and survey

Darwin region  |  26 June - 7 July 2017  |  10 days  |  SID300 (undergraduate), SID500 (postgraduate)

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In this unit, you'll learn about the rapidly evolving application of remotely piloted aircraft systems, commonly known as drones or UAVs. This technology is now widely used in the environment sector and a diversity of other vocations including disaster management, mineral resource extraction, agriculture and media. Undertaking this course will give you the licensing, knowledge and practical skills to operate RPAS safely for commercial purposes.

Field Survey and Monitoring Skills - unit with field component

Darwin region  |  4 - 8 September 2017  |  5 days plus online study  |  ENV203 (undergraduate only)

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Within this unit, you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a range of environmental survey and monitoring techniques. This unit will allow you to develop field based skills commonly used for environmental assessment.


Environmental Microbiology

Darwin region  |  6 to 17 November 2017  |  2 weeks plus online study  |  ENV323 (undergraduate only)

Environmental Microbiology.pngFocus on the use of DNA based approaches to understand the ecology of microorganisms. Through the use of a case study approach and hands-on laboratory experiences you will be introduced to the current techniques used to measure how microorganisms respond to changes in the environment.

The nitty gritty – how do I enrol?

Already a CDU student?

You are able to enrol online through your student account. Before you do, contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the course coordinator who’ll help you be sure the unit is right for you.

Currently studying with another university?

Want to complete one of our intensive units? No worries, contact us now to find out how to do a cross-institutional enrolment.

Not currently studying?

If you are not currently studying but think it will be right up your alley, find out more about studying Science and the Environment with CDU.  





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