The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
  • Summer 2 - 13 Jan 2020
  • Winter - 15 Jun 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
Duration

1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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UON program code: 40141
CRICOS code: 0100471

Program handbook

Description

The Master of Environmental Law is a professionally-focussed and interdisciplinary program that will expose students to new perspectives and deep analyses of environmental law issues, ensuring high quality teaching and learning experiences for students.Graduates of this program will be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills, positioning them to engage in further education, research and professional development in Australia and across the world.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • expert and specialised cognitive, technical and communication skills through: a. addressing research questions by identifying, synthesising and applying appropriate knowledge and evidence from diverse sources; b. applying tools, methods, skills and theoretical knowledge for environment, sustainability and environmental law practice; c. working both independently and collaboratively ; d. communicating with diverse groups in various contexts using a range of written, oral and visual means;
  • Skills to work effectively (a) independently or (b) in collaboration, to apply specialised knowledge and expert judgment to tasks impacting and affected by environmental law
  • Critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills to justify sound solutions in areas impacting and affected by environmental law
  • Advanced and integrated knowledge of: a. theories, models and concepts relevant to environmental law and policy and climate change law and policy and be proficient in their application b. interdependencies between human societies and environments, and sustainability c. key environmental and sustainability challenges and their drivers d. holistic systems thinking and complexity
  • Professional proficiency in the utilization of information and technology in contexts relating to environmental law
  • a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in ethical professional, public and personal conduct by having capacity to: a. reflect on and direct their own learning and practice in the context of environment and sustainability b. participate constructively in decision-making consistent with principles of sustainable development c. Apply decision-making skills that incorporate ethical, social and global issues
  • Knowledge of relevant theories, principles and methodologies to research in environmental law

Details

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Program code40141
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Business and Law
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
  2. Newcastle Business School
  3. School of Architecture and Built Environment
  4. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code0100471

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Entry into the Master of Environmental Law Program (80 units) will be available to applications who have:

  • an AQF Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in a related field such as law, environmental science, environmental resource management, environmental planning, architecture, engineering and surveying, or human and physical geography; or
  • an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related field such as law, environmental science, environmental resource management, environmental planning, architecture, engineering and surveying, or human and physical geography; or
  • an AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in a related field law, environmental science, environmental resource management, environmental planning, architecture, engineering and surveying, or human and physical geography, and have at least one year relevant work experience; or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in not in a related field and have at least two years' relevant work experience; or
  • at least seven years relevant work experiences, of which two years should have been in a management position in law, environmental science, environmental resource management, environmental planning, architecture, engineering and surveying, or human and physical geograph, for instance as: a project manager within an environmental discipline; a professional with experience in mentoring, training or supervising the quality of professional work; or as a manager or consultant working in a field related to the environment.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The Master of Envirnmental Law is an AQF 9 program. Students must complete 80 units of courses comprising the following:

  • 10 units of core courses
  • 20 units of directed core courses
  • 50 units of directed courses including at least one course from Group A and one course from Group B. The remaining 30 units may be chosen from either Group A or Group B.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Courses

Core Course

Students must complete the core course

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6020Environmental Law
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Courses

Core Directed Courses

Students must complete 20 units from the list of core directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ARBE6609Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and Policy
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses Group A

Students must choose at least one course from Group A and one course from Group B. The remaining 30 units of directed courses can be chosen from Group A or Group B

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6025Environmental/Natural Resources Law ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6043Advanced Legal Research Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6046International Air and Space LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6050Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6089Mining LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6092International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6093International Study ExperienceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6103International Arbitration
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6104Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human DisplacementNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6105Expert EvidenceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6106Advanced Communication Skills
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6107Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6108Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6109ConciliationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6116Legal Innovation and Design
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6117Law and Society in AsiaNot currently offered10 units
LEGL6005Co-operative Law and Governance
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses Group B

Students must choose at least one course from Group A and one course from Group B. The remaining 30 units of directed courses can be chosen from Group A or Group B

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ARBE6341Property Law and Planning Legislation
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6605Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6606Disaster Resilience Economics
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6607Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6500Business and the Natural Environment
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6525Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6530Environmental Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6535Implementing Environmental Resilience and Addressing Complexity
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6555Applied Natural Resource Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6560Contemporary Issues in Water Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6411Introduction to Co-operative Organisation and Management: the Co-operative Advantage
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6412Social Enterprises and Co-operative Innovation
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.