Postgraduate

Master of Environmental Science

Gain the specialised knowledge you need to investigate, assess and manage environmental challenges from scientific, technical, social and policy perspectives.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

M1210

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

1

Selection rank

CRICOS code

081028F
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Get hands-on experience

In our native bushlands, wetlands, banskia woodlands and gardens during your course.

Benefit from industry connections

Experience work integrated learning, guest lecturers, industry seminars and workshops.

Volunteer for projects

There are many opportunities to participate in environmental activities and initiatives.

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Semester 2 Semester 2
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Overview

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.

Your career

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.

Professional recognition

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.

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You can apply to start studying at the following times.
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Structure

To help plan the structure of your course, search for our suggested course plans.

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English Requirements

You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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