The Master of Environmental Management is a 72-unit program offered by the School of the Environment within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

It articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Candidates who have completed either of these courses are awarded credit for related topics. Up to 36 units of credit may be awarded to students with appropriate honours level studies. Up to 18 units of credit may be awarded to students with relevant professional experience.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide students with a sound understanding and appreciation of current issues and skills in Environmental Management.

The course examines environmental policies, strategies and management systems, with a major focus on the recognition and development of Sustainable Environmental Management in both urban and non-urban environments.

Students may also undertake some study of specific environmental problems, research methods, Geographical Information systems, and environmental economics, philosophy or politics.

The course is international in scope, but case study material will draw especially on the experience of Australia and other countries within the Asia-Pacific region.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete The Master of Environmental Management will be able to:

  • demonstrate an adanced understanding and appreciation of current issues in Environmental Management
  • identify and understand the main theories, issues and complexities shaping the environment in which contemporary policymakers work
  • demonstrate and apply an advanced understanding of Sustainable Development practices in both urban and non-urban environments
  • demonstrate and apply a sound understanding of the challenge of Environmental Management and associated Environmental Management tools
  • demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods and complete a research project.

Program of study

To qualify for The Master of Environmental Management, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENVS7711  Environmental Management  (4.5 units) 

Plus one of:

 ENVS8711  Australian Environmental Change GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8781  Skills for Environmental Professionals GE  (4.5 units)

Plus 27 units from the Options list.

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENVS7720  Research Project Design and Conduct (4.5 units)
 ENVS9701  Sustainable Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9712  Environmental Policy Development/Analysis  (4.5 units)

Plus either:

 ENVS9870  Environmental Research Project GE  (4.5 units)


 ENVS9700A  9-unit Research Project  (4.5/9 units)  
 ENVS9700B  9-unit Research Project  (4.5/9 units)


 ENVS9710A  Research Project  (4.5/18 units)  
 ENVS9710B  Research Project  (4.5/18 units)  
 ENVS9710C  Research Project  (4.5/18 units)  
 ENVS9710D  Research Project  (4.5/18 units)
Plus 18/13.5/4.5 units from the Option list to make up the total units in the degree to 72 units.*

*If enrolling in ENVS9870 at least 4.5 units chosen from the Options list must be at level 9000.

Option - Year 1 & 2 topics**

 EASC9700  NCGRT Australian Groundwater School  (4.5 units)
 EASC9772  Groundwater Hydrology  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9731  Public Health Aspects of Water Quality  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8700  Geographical Information Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8751  Advanced Spatial Statistics GE  (4.5 units)
 LEGL8302   Investigating Environmental Crimes (4.5 units)
 BUSN9229B  Sustainability and Ethics (4.5 units)
 BUSN9231B  Global Business Context  (4.5 units)
 DVST8701  Sustainable Development GE  (4.5 units)
 EASC8702   Global Climate Change GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS7701  Coastal Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8732  Environmental Impact Assessment GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9700A  9-unit Research Project  (4.5/9 units)
 ENVS9700B  9-unit Research Project  (4.5/9 Units)
 GEOG8712  Asian Regional Development GE  (4.5 units)
 LEGL8300   Principles of Environmental Law (4.5 units)
 LEGL8301   Environmental Compliance (4.5 units)
 LEGL8303   Enforcing Environmental Law (4.5 units)
 POAD9119  Regionalism, Decentralisation and Governance  (4.5 units)
 POAD9129  Environmental Policy and Governance  (4.5 units)
 POLI9004   Politics of Climate Change (4.5 units)

**Recommended option stream in Applied Population Studies:

 PPHR9701  Population Studies GE  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9762  Applied Population Data Analysis  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9741  Women''s Health and Child Survival  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9742  Population and Environment GE  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9772  Equity and Human Resource Development  (4.5 units)