The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
Mode of delivery



2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

Program code: 12323

Study Environmental Management and Sustainability

With jobs in high environmental impact areas forecasted to grow strongly over the next decade, the University of Newcastle's Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability will equip you with new, sustainable skills that will improve your ‘green’ credentials.

Designed to engage with the broad issues that contemporary societies face in today’s climate, the focus of the program is to integrate theory and practice with interdisciplinary grounding in sustainable policy development and policy implementation, environmental management and impact assessment.

Why study with us?

  • Top 20% and number 1 in Australia for Agricultural and Environmental Studies – student support (The Good Universities Guide 2020).
  • 95.7% of postgraduate students in our Agriculture and Environmental Studies find full-time employment within four months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019).
  • Become an environmental sustainability specialist - sustainability is one of the key drivers of current economic policy, so having an in-depth understanding of how sound environmental practices intersect with business, government and the community is highly regarded in the workforce.
  • Enhance your career opportunities - apply the practical skills and knowledge that you acquire during your studies to specialise in areas across a variety of fields, including research, consultancy, advocacy and private practice.
  • Learn how to manage environmental challenges in your business - effectively and professionally balance the needs of both business and environmental best practice by developing sophisticated frameworks for environmental management.
  • Study online at your own pace - the University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system will enable you to achieve your Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability at a time that suits you.

Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

World top 250 ? for environmental sciences
ERA 5 ? for physical geography and environmental geoscience research

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability will enable you to expand your critical appreciation of sustainability, ethics, governance and cultural difference regarding environmental management and practice through gaining an advanced understanding of these issues.

You will develop high-level knowledge of industrial, domestic and rural environmental technologies and their impact. You will also gain an understanding of indigenous environmental issues, environmental problems in developing countries and their social roots, and collaboratively, you will explore the radical social change policy options for dealing with environmental issues.

Key study areas include:

  • business and the natural environment
  • environmental legislation and policy
  • environmental management
  • impact assessment and climate change policy

Program requirements and the volume of learning are dependent on your prior academic qualifications. Further information is outlined under Requirements and Structure.

Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability equips you with the expertise to drive and implement practical, sustainable solutions in the areas of sustainability promotion, infrastructure, investment and change management.

You may apply your high-level practical and theoretical knowledge across a variety of fields, including research, consultancy, advocacy and private practice. You will also be able to embed your skills in emerging industries, such as climate change, developing energy solutions, sustainable infrastructure, water management and land use.

Upon graduation you may consider positions including:

  • sustainability manager
  • manager of urban and regional development
  • manager of a National park or protected area
  • environmental consultant