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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
  • Trimester 1 - 5 Feb 2018
  • Trimester 2 - 21 May 2018
  • Trimester 3 - 3 Sep 2018
Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face, Online


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

UON 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 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?

  • 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 fully accredited Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability at a time that suits you.

Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

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.

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

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