Energy Studies

Major/Minor/Specialisation !441-MS-MAJ+1007 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Dr Lu Aye (Engineering)


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

The amount of energy we consume as a global society is immediately impacted by the technologies we use to consume that energy, and how that energy is produced.

The Energy Studies major is concerned with the theoretical and practical needs of professionals working in energy use and planning. A range of technologies, both mainstream and non-conventional, can be used for energy supply. We study these technologies and how they can be applied in energy planning and energy end use. We also examine the social and political factors influencing the acceptance of energy technologies.

The Energy Studies major is a great way of accessing elements of an engineering education for students with an undergraduate degree in other disciplines. Graduates can expect to find employment in energy agencies, utility companies, industry, education, and consultancy.


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 Energy Studies major coordinator.

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

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Students are required to complete the subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
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Compulsory Subjects

and choose 3 subjects from the list of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

Elective Subjects

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

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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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