Master of Environment

Course 441-MS (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


The Office for Environmental Programs

Director: Dr Simon Batterbury

Managers: Dr Helen Duckham and Ms Louise Wilson
Administrative Assistant: Mr Pete Morgan
T: +61 3 8344 5073
F: +61 3 8344 5650

Course Overview:

The Master of Environment is a flexible, multidisciplinary course. Depending on their academic background, interests and career aspirations students can choose from over 160 subjects taught by 10 different faculties. The course is 100 points (equivalent to eight subjects or one full time-year of study). Students wishing to enrol in the Master of Environment but who do not have the requisite qualifications or experience may be selected to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.


Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • An advanced understanding of the ideas concerning environmental issues
  • Advanced skills and techniques applicable to changing and managing the environment
  • An ability to evaluate and synthesise research and professional literature in the chosen stream or focus of study
  • An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of environmental assessment

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

After completion of the first 8 subjects (100 points) there is the option of undertaking: one of eleven specialist streams, or the tailored program.

Specialist streams

Streams are paths of study designed by experts in the field and approved by the programs academic and external advisors. Streams available are:
• Development
• Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
• Integrated Catchment Management
• Energy Studies
• Waste Management
• Public Health
• Education
• Governance, policy and communication
• Sustainable cities sustainable regions
• Sustainable forests
• Energy efficiency modelling and implementation
The streams offer a choice of compulsory subjects, in addition to two core subjects.

The tailored program

n the tailored program students complete two core subjects. Additional subjects are chosen depending on academic background. Note that prerequisites may apply. An academic advisor will help you develop your study plan.

Subject Options: All students whether in a stream of the tailored program take two Core Subjects:

Core subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Cross Faculty Subjects

A complete list of subjects offered in the Graduate Environmental Program can be found in the course planning guide available on-line at or from the Office for Environmental Programs.

Entry Requirements: • A four- or five-year undergraduate degree at Honours level in a relevant discipline; or
• An undergraduate degree with an average of 70% or above in a relevant discipline and at least two years relevant work or professional experience.
Applicants must provide documented evidence of relevant employment in the form of a letter from their employer on official letterhead.
• Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Environment with an average of 70% or higher.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: Expertise in multidisciplinary understanding, analysis and research with an environmental focus. Collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving. Capacity to engage in critical social and sustainability questions.
Generic Skills: Multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary knowledge and research of environmental relevance. Collaborative environmental management skills. Capacity for independent learning across disciplinary boundaries.
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