About the Melbourne Master of Environment

1 December 2014

The University of Melbourne‘s vision is to lead and build passion and excellence to solve society’s major challenges of sustainable land, food and environment. The university is currently ranked 12th in the world for its environmental science programs according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 – Environmental Sciences.

University of Melbourne Master of Environmental Science
Study at the University of Melbourne

Environmental sciences programs at the University of Melbourne can be found across two faculties: The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Science. Within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, students can study agricultural sciences and food sciences. At the Faculty of Science, students can learn more about forest and ecosystem science, resource management, and geography.
Program title: Master of Environment
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March 2015
Program duration: 1 – 2 years, depending on candidate’s background
The Master of Environment is a flexible, multidisciplinary course. Depending on your academic background, interests and career aspirations you can choose from more than 200 subjects taught by 10 different faculties. Design your own degree by taking a tailored program or specialise in one of 13 environmentally relevant areas.

Specialisations (Streams)

The major fields of study are designed by experts in the field and are approved by the Graduate Environmental Program’s academic and external advisors.
There are 13 Specialist Paths of Study (Streams) available within the Master of Environment. Comprised of a range of subjects selected by experts in their field, a major will give you specialised knowledge, noted on your academic transcript. Alternatively, you could tailor your degree to your interests and capabilities.

  • Climate Change
  • Conservation and Restoration
  • Development
  • Education
  • Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
  • Energy Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Governance, Policy, and Communication
  • Integrated Water Catchment Management
  • Public Health
  • Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
  • Sustainable Forests
  • Waste Management

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including

  • specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field;
  • knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures;
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry.

Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including

  • ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge;
  • ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change;
  • ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences;
  • ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams;
  • technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation.

Demonstrated capacity to

  • exercise well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field;
  • plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice.

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Are you interested in environmental sciences and the Master of Environment? Find out more about studying at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Australian Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.