Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)

  • CRICOS Code: 094597K

Where will this take me?


Career outcomes

Our graduates go on to work as:

  • Foresters
  • Ecologists
  • Sustainability experts
  • Environmental risk managers
  • Research and policy advisors.

Employers in this field include:

  • Government departments of environment and economic development, including VicForests and the Forestry Corporation of NSW
  • Academic and public research institutions such as universities, or 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 begin a PhD in your field, if you choose.

Sarah McColl GausdenThe 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.