Waste Management

Major/Minor/Specialisation !441-MS-MAJ+1008 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Dr Graham Moore (Engineering)


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Email: 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au


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

Waste is more than just what people throw in the bin. There are air-borne emissions, liquid wastes that impact on water supplies as well as the complex waste streams produced by industry that can have toxic impacts on the environment.

Waste Management is concerned with the management of various waste streams. We study waste avoidance and minimisation, best environmental practice and provide the tools for sound decision making at the design and implementation phases of waste management projects.

By studying Waste Management, you'll develop theoretical and practical skills for working in environmental control authorities, industry and elsewhere. If you are a student with an undergraduate degree in another discipline, gain investigative and management skills as part of an engineering education.

You can expect to find employment in environmental control authorities, urban and industrial workplaces, local government, education, or as a consultant.


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 Waste Management major coordinator.

For a current list of subjects offered in the Waste Management major, please refer to the course information page at: http://www.oep.unimelb.edu.au/currentstudents/master_of_environment/specialist_paths_of_study/waste_management

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Students are required to complete the subjects:

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Compulsory Subjects

and choose 3 subjects from the list of:

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Elective Subjects

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

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Semester 1
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Links to further information: http://www.environment.unimelb.edu.au/

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

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

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