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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021
  • Trimester 3 - 23 Aug 2021
Mode of delivery



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

Program code: 40275

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, such as business management, natural resource management or spatial science.
  • 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

You will study a unique blend of environmental courses that focus on key principles of environmental management, sustainability and climate change, and you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in two of three specialty areas:

  • Business Management
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Spatial Science

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

This program will suit students who are already working for non-government organisations, government or the private sector.

Depending on your area of specialisation, you may wish to transition into business management, natural resource management, environmental and social impact assessment or spatial science.

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
  • environmental scientist