Major/Minor/Specialisation !441-MS-MAJ+1001 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Associate Professor Simon Batterbury

Dr Hans Baer


Office for Environmental Programs
Ground Floor, Walter Boas Building (building 163)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Development is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

How we develop as a society, in the city and in rural areas, needs effective planning to reduce negative impacts on the environment and society and to ensure the systems we develop operate effectively.

The Development major looks at the sustainable development of economies and environments, drawing on inter-faculty expertise at the University of Melbourne.

Students will study rural and urban landscapes and look at issues including international development policy, carbon sequestration in the tropics, food security, biodiversity conservation, urban growth and planning, and sustainable livelihoods.

This major is a fantastic platform for business and government professionals and those working in the non-governmental sector. Students will acquire skills for implementing sustainable development strategies in developing countries and in the western world.


Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:
• An advanced understanding of 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

The graduate attributes for the Master of Environment are:
• 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

The Master of Environment generic skills are:
• Multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary knowledge and research of environmental relevance
• Collaborative environmental management skills
• Capacity for independent learning across discipline boundaries

Structure & Available Subjects:

Students will be required to complete the two core subjects, plus choose three subjects from the compulsory subject list and undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Development major coordinator.

For a current list of subjects offered in the Development major, please refer to the course information page at:

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
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Compulsory Subjects

and choose 3 subjects from the list of:

Study Period Commencement:
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Elective Subjects

plus undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The recommended list of electives includes:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, Semester 1, Semester 2
January, Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Links to further information:

Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinator.

Related Course(s): Master of Environment
Master of Environment

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