Gain the specialised knowledge you need to investigate, assess and manage environmental challenges from scientific, technical, social and policy perspectives.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Effective management of human interactions with the environment requires thorough understanding of the inter-relationships between land, water, air, biota and people. As an environmental professional, you’ll need a clear understanding of the procedures and skills involved in investigating complex environmental issues in different settings such as urban, mining, agriculture, marine and freshwater.
Improve your awareness of environmental issues from different perspectives so you are best equipped to find solutions that consider the technical, social and political needs in any scenario. You’ll gain specific knowledge in areas of particular interest to your current role, or the field you are aspiring to move into.
Become a leader in environmental professional practice by gaining the interdisciplinary scientific and policy skills required to deal with today’s complex environmental problems, and be able to contribute to continuing improvement in environmental management practices.
4 reasons to study a Master of Environmental Science at Murdoch
- Learn from teaching staff who have significant academic and practical experience to ensure that your learning is at the forefront of professional practice.
- Undertake an advanced research project under supervision of our experienced staff and gain valuable skills in scientific research, report writing and oral communication.
- Fit study around your work commitments by choosing to study on-campus, online, full-time or part-time with our highly flexible degree format.
- Take advantage of our scholarships such as the Murdoch University Academic Excellence Award.
Develop your skills
Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:
- advanced research methods including project proposal writing, critical reviews, statistical methods and communication skills
- environmental policy directions for the 21st century
- understanding climate change adaptation for ecosystems and societies, adaptation planning and evaluation
- systems dynamics approach as a modelling tool and its applications in solving environmental issues.
Our students have successfully gained employment in the public and private sectors, including the consulting industry in Australia and internationally.
After completing this degree, you will be able to pursue careers in more senior positions in environmental consulting, monitoring and management, gain employment in the resources sector or work in technical or research roles in federal, state and local government departments with portfolios in environment, water, energy and mining, agriculture, nature conservation, biodiversity, coastal management and planning, or their international counterparts.
Careers could include:
- Senior Environmental Consultant
- Senior Environmental Project Coordinator
- Senior Environmental Scientist – Impact Assessment and Management
- Senior Environmental Officer
- Environmental Campaign Director.
Depending on your specialisation, you could be eligible to join the following professional bodies:
- Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
- International Association for Impact Assessment
- Australasian Land and Groundwater Association
- Environmental Consultants Association
- Ecological Society of Australia
- Australian Marine Sciences Association
- Soil Science Australia
- Australian Society for Freshwater Science
- Australian Society of Plant Scientists
- Australian Coastal Society.
- Perth Campus or external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Some external units may require on-campus attendance for a short period. Internet access is required for students studying externally; exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
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