Master of Environment
- CRICOS Code: 076197J
What will I study?
Successful completion of 200 credit points (typically 16 subjects), in one of 12 specialisations.
There are two core subjects that every student must complete, and other subject options will depend on your stream.
If you’d like to gain experience in an environment-related workplace, one of your electives can be a 200-hour international internship in environment.
If you have a Bachelor degree with a relevant honours degree or at least 5 years of relevant work experience you may be eligible for entry to a 100 point pathway (typically 8 subjects).
Explore this course
Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this degree.
- Development 200
Development is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
There is a complex relationship between development processes and the natural environment, in developing economies and in both urban and rural areas.
The Development stream analyses and provides skills necessary for the sustainable development of economies and environments. Understanding 'environment and development' draws upon the 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, the political ecology of development, food security, biodiversity conservation, urban growth and planning, and sustainable livelihoods.
This stream is a platform for business and government professionals and those working or wishing to work in the non-governmental sector. Students will acquire skills for implementing sustainable development strategies in developing countries and in the western world.
- Conservation and Restoration 200
Conservation and Restoration
Conservation and Restoration is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
Biodiversity loss is one of the key environmental challenges globally. Sustainable societies depend on successful conservation and restoration of this diversity, at genetic, species, community and landscape scales.
Students will explore the biophysical and social factors shaping endeavours to conserve and restore wildlife and vegetation. They will develop skills for planning and managing biodiversity at species, community and landscape scales. The cross-faculty teaching program ensures students have a sound understanding of the ecological principles underpinning conservation and restoration, and an appreciation of the political and community dimensions of establishing and implementing these plans.
The major is suitable for people with undergraduate studies and/or professional work experience in life sciences, forestry, natural resource management, agriculture, parks and wildlife management, and environmental engineering. It is also an appropriate major for government and industry professionals working in conservation and development who are looking to upgrade or link their skills to environmental management.
Graduates can expect to find employment in regulatory agencies, local and state government authorities, environmental consulting companies, and industries with international interests in developing economies
- Integrated Water Catchment Management 200
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Integrated Water Catchment Management is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
With global climate change and more extreme weather conditions, water catchments have never been under more pressure, and professionals with skills in their management are in high demand.
Catchment management involves the integration of sound biophysical information with social and economic analysis. This is used to achieve the best outcomes for a catchment's natural resources and the people who live and work there.
Students studying this major will look into the functioning of catchments and the constraints to improving catchment management; particularly, how these constraints can be eased.
Integrated Water Catchment Management is appropriate for professionals working in soil and water regulation, land management, and conservation in the private and public sectors.
The major is suitable for students with a first degree in physical science, life science, social science, engineering, forestry, horticulture or agriculture. Professional geologists, natural resource scientists and managers who wish to gain advanced knowledge of catchment management strategies in urban and rural environments would also benefit from studies in this field.
Students can expect to find employment in regulatory agencies, local and state government authorities, environmental consulting companies, and industries concerned with land development, recreation and tourism.
- Waste Management 200
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.
- Environment and Public Health 200
Environment and Public Health
Environment and Public Health is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
At this time in history it is hard to imagine a topic more important than the impacts of the environment on human health. The very life support systems of clean air, fresh water, a safe climate, food security and biodiversity are under stress.
The Environment and Public Health stream is designed to ensure students are preparing for a career in the intersection between health and the environment. Recent years have seen new roles emerging that focus on policy, advocacy, research, and environmental management in relation to health and environment. This stream helps prepare students for these key roles.
Study in this field will provide you with the tools used in environmental health practice, and by public health practitioners. These include surveillance, monitoring, observation, analysis, and selected techniques in biostatistics, epidemiology and health economics. Other skills we develop are more specific to environmental health or environmental studies, such as environmental, social and health impact assessment and qualitative and quantitative analysis.
This stream is a specialist companion program to the Master of Environment and Public Health which is offered at the University of Melbourne.
- Education and Social Change 200
Education and Social Change
Education and Social Change is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
The creation of sustainable societies depends on fostering social change, whether through education, organisational and policy change or changes or individual behaviour. The Education and Social Change major develops knowledge and skills in education and change processes, enabling graduates to become agents of change within their organizations, communities and institutions, and to foster these skills in others.
Students will develop knowledge of historical, philosophical, socio-cultural, and psychological influences on environmental decision making and action. They will develop skills for social transformation for sustainability, drawing on studies in community organisation, project management and conflict resolution, and communication.
Students can expect to find employment in positions related to education and social change, such as environmental training officer positions in corporations, government agencies, in consulting companies, in teaching and in development agencies.
- Governance, Policy and Markets 200
Governance, Policy and Markets
Governance, Policy and Markets is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
Who drives the laws that determine our environmental future? And how can positive change be effectively communicated, or policy influenced through regulation, better governance and the media?
The development and marketing of environmental policy is vitally important in effecting changes in government, corporate bodies, and across the environmental sector. The Governance, Policy and Markets major looks at existing national and international legal and political frameworks relevant to the environment, enhances your skills in policy-making, business management and marketing, and gives you the tools to incorporate these skills and work systems in the workplace.
This major is most appropriate for professionals engaged in helping organisations develop economically viable environmental agendas and communicating these effectively to the public, or for those wishing to enter this sector.
Students can expect to find employment in a wide range of organisations such as government authorities, environmental consulting companies and industry and assist them in development, ongoing management and marketing of change in environmental agendas as well as the identification of opportunities that result from environmental initiatives.
- Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions 200
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
Complex relationships exist between cities and the agricultural and natural environments on which they rely. The Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions major examines such relationships and how they impact on urban, suburban, rural and regional dwellers in the 21st century at different scales.
This major applies sustainability concepts across various settings including the urban, rural and regional landscapes.
Appropriate for professionals working in land management, extension, and planning agencies working and/or researching domestically or internationally, we are looking for students whose background equips them to move into advanced study of these issues.
Study in this major leads to employment in regulatory agencies, local, state and national government, international and national consulting companies and industries. Students can expect to work in urban, rural or regional areas.
- Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation 200
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
Energy modelling and implementation for buildings has become an important area in the light of growing concerns about climate change, energy security and the general need to adopt more sustainable practices. Despite the obvious need for people with such knowledge, there is a severe shortage of people that are trained in energy modelling who have the capacity to interpret the modelling results to effective practice. The realms of energy knowledge required include heating and cooling requirements, as well as use of day lighting and natural lighting. These skills are crucial to being able to reduce the risk in the integration of innovative sustainability initiatives, this risk reduction centres on assurances of performance and delivery of desired sustainability outcomes.
Energy modelling is a key tool for the development and adoption of energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. This course develops the skills of complex modelling informed by an understanding of the results ensuring the graduate has the ability to both interpret and communicate outcomes effectively. Units of study include a mix of building management, architecture, engineering, management, and education and communication subjects.
- Climate Change 200
Climate Change is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
Climate change mitigation and adaptation are increasingly being integrated into business management, government policy and technology design, requiring expertise in a range of fields including international conventions, strategic government and business policy, climate science, energy technology, economic analysis and management. Effective solutions therefore require a new generation of policymakers, managers and scientists equipped with a multidisciplinary understanding of climate change issues.
The Climate Change major is ideal for students seeking an interdisciplinary perspective on climate change, for work in policy-making or business advisory roles. Graduates will be well-placed to offer leadership through a solid understanding of: theoretical and practical applications of policy and science; technological limits, potentials and risks; and the value of addressing a wide-ranging global environmental issue from a trans-disciplinary perspective.
Additionally, this major presents an opportunity for students to establish extensive networks with fellow climate change professionals across a broad range of industries, sectors and fields of endeavour.
Graduates of this major can expect to find employment in State and Federal Government authorities, environmental consulting companies, business advisory and strategic policymaking positions worldwide
- Environmental Science 200
Environmental Science is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.
The Environmental Science major will attract students seeking an interdisciplinary scientific perspective, for work largely in scientific and environmental careers. Graduates should be well placed to offer leadership through a solid understanding of environmental modelling, monitoring and assessment techniques, and application of technology.
This major will provide an appreciation for the role of modelling in environmental science; an overview of the range of environmental models in use; the skills required to model environmental systems and processes; an introduction to the construction and mathematical analysis of environmental models; and a high level of ability to analyse and evaluate environmental issues.
- Tailored specialisation 200
Employers in the environmental sector seek graduates who are able to integrate knowledge across disciplines, collaborate effectively in cross-disciplinary teams, and translate information for different audiences. New areas of environmental specialisation are emerging that require synthesis of knowledge from historically distinct fields, for example combining a knowledge of environmental sustainability with business entrepreneurship, or drawing on knowledge of public health to improve landscape planning processes, or practices that require advanced knowledge of both energy systems and environmental law.
The tailored specialisation is designed to support students to develop skills for integration, collaboration and translation while gaining depth of knowledge in one or more fields of inquiry. The flexible structure enables student to tailor subject selection to meet personal learning objectives, developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
Graduates will work in roles that require translation of knowledge across different specialisations or in emerging ‘boundary crossing’ specialist roles.