Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)

  • CRICOS Code: 094597K

Where will this take me?


Career outcomes

Our graduates go on to work as foresters, ecologists, landscape managers, sustainability experts, environmental risk managers and research and policy advisors.

Employers in this field include:

  • Government departments of environment and economic development, including VicForests and the Forestry Corporation of NSW
  • Universities and public research institutions such as the CSIRO.

Technical and professional skills

On graduating from the course you’ll have in-depth knowledge of your chosen area, plus strong professional skills in:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Research design and literature reviews
  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • Communicating research findings.

Further study

At the end of the course, you’ll be well-placed to undertake a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) if you wish.


Sarah McColl Gausden

The Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) is an ideal starting point for research in this field, and our first-ever student, Sarah McColl Gausden, is a perfect example of this pathway.

Sarah's enjoyment of a fire ecology subject in her Bachelor of Science led her to the Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) and a research project supervised by Associate Professor Trent Penman.

Sarah is now completing a PhD with Dr Penman, examining whether fire management can be used to maintain and enhance biodiversity in a changing climate.