FOR those already working in environmental management in the
tropics, and keen to gain a professional doctorate in their area of
expertise, this qualification is available through the Tropical
Savannas CRC’s three partner universities.
The Professional Doctorate in Tropical Environmental Management
(DTEM) offers research and coursework, but also a professional
placement at one of the CRC’s partner agencies where
candidates can conduct their research on the ground.
While professional doctorates have been available in Australia
for more than a decade, it is the first time such a qualification
is being offered in environmental management.
The concept for the doctorate originated within the TS–CRC
education program, as a way of addressing the need for
professionally focused educational opportunities in tropical
The award is now available through Charles Darwin University,
James Cook University and the University of Queensland.
A professional doctorate is equivalent to the usual research
PhD, but has clear links to industry through a professional
placement and research program. Candidates should be able to make a
significant contribution to their chosen area of study.
The three-year DTEM comprises two semesters of coursework and a
four-semester research component which features a professional
placement. At least one coursework unit must be undertaken at
partner universities. For example, candidates enrolling this year
at Charles Darwin University will undertake at least one coursework
unit at both JCU and UQ.
Before starting their candidature, applicants prepare a
comprehensive program of study that integrates all three elements
of the DTEM.
The DTEM will ensure links with industry through:
- Candidates collaborating with the users of research in
developing the project proposal and /or setting of the research
- Industry partners will be included in the development of the
- Professional placements, in which students apply
problem-solving models in a new workplace.
- Co-supervisory arrangements with industry for research
supervision, similar to those required of CRC-supported PhD