The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts
Location

Online

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
Mode of delivery

Online

Duration

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

UON program code: 12323

Program handbook

Description

The Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability will empower you with the knowledge to play a professional role in solving environmental problems that confront contemporary societies. The structure of our program will provide you with specialised environmental management and sustainability skills together with the ability to determine, environmental impact assessment against legislation and policy. You have the opportunity to focus in the areas of natural systems management or sustainability as a specialisation. On completion of the degree, you will have a high level understanding of key issues and approaches in environmental management, sustainability and decision-making.

The Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability is open to graduates from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. It caters for both suitably qualified graduates from cognate fields and mid-career professionals wishing to gain professional postgraduate qualifications. Our Masters degree will give you the specialised skills needed to pursue a career in resolving environmental issues. Online delivery means flexible study options.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Apply advanced knowledge and skills in the discipline of environmental management and sustainability across a range of contexts for ethical professional practice or scholarship
  • Apply critical thinking and reasoning to demonstrate advanced understanding of recent developments in the discipline for professional practice
  • Solve a range of environmental problems using an evidence based approach by investigating, analysing and synthesising complex information and available resources
  • Interpret, justify and communicate environmental management and sustainability concepts, theoretical propositions, methodologies to a variety of specialist or non-specialist audience
  • Design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise environmental management and sustainability projects both autonomously and as part of a team using an adaptive management framework.
  • Apply critical thinking and reasoning to demonstrate advanced understanding of environmental legislation and climate change policy.

Details

Information correct as at21 Oct 2019 3:19 AM
Program code12323
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeTrimesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Science
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Business School
  2. Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
  3. School of Education
  4. School of Humanities and Social Science
  5. School of Architecture and Built Environment
  6. School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
  7. School of Health Sciences
  8. School of Medicine and Public Health
  9. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
  10. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

  • Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a different discipline area (also called non-cognate discipline) to Environmental Science and Management are eligible to undertake the 160 unit program which can be completed in 2 years full time or 4 years part time.
  • Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a non-cognate discipline who also hold a minimum of two years demonstrable Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) in an area related to Environmental Science and Management (also called cognate discipline) will study between 120 and 160 units. These students must apply to the Program Convenor or Head of School for advanced standing in the Masters, in recognition of relevant RPL. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental Science and Management discipline (or cognate discipline) are eligible to undertake a 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time.
  • Students with a four year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in a non-cognate discipline or a combination of a three year Bachelor degree in a non-cognate discipline with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8) also in a non-cognate discipline are eligible to undertake a 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time.
  • Students with a four year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in an Environmental Science and Management discipline (cognate discipline) or a combination of a three year Bachelor degree in a non-cognate discipline and a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8) in an Environmental Science and Management discipline (cognate discipline) are eligible to undertake the 80 unit program which can be completed in 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

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.

Credit may be granted for coursework courses if they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding courses in the Environmental and Business Management program, and they were completed within the previous 5 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and IT in accordance with the Postgraduate Coursework Awards and Programs Schedule.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

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

Program requirements

Program requirements and the volume of learning are dependent on the student's prior academic qualifications. To complete the Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability:

Entry with a 3 year bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a discipline other than Environmental Science:Volume of learning is 160 units:

  • Core Courses - 40 units
  • Specialisation - 50 units including 10 units of Specialisation Compulsory Courses and 40 units of Specialisation Directed Courses
  • Program Directed Courses - 50 units
  • Electives - 20 units

Entry with a 3 year bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a discipline other than Environmental Science, plus demonstrated RPL in a cognate area:Volume of learning is between 120 and 160 units, depending on the volume of advanced standing credit granted in recognition of RPL in a related area.  Students must apply to the Program Convenor or School for advanced standing of up to 40 units in recognition of RPL in a cognate area.  These applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.Entry with a 3 year bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in with at least a major in Environmental Science:Volume of learning is 120 units:

  • Core Courses - 40 units
  • Specialisation - 50 units including 10 units of Specialisation Compulsory Courses and 40 units of Specialisation Directed Courses
  • Program Directed Courses - 30 units

Entry with 4 year bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in a discipline other than Environmental Science:Volume of learning is 120 units:

  • Core Courses - 40 units
  • Specialisation - 40 units including 10 units of Specialisation Compulsory Courses and 30 units of Specialisation Directed Courses
  • Program Directed Courses - 40 units

Entry with a 4 year bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in Environmental Science or a 3 year Bachelor degree plus a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8) in the Discipline of Environmental Science:Volume of learning is 80 units:

  • Core Courses - 30 units
  • Specialisation - 40 units including 10 units of Specialisation Compulsory Courses and 30 units of Specialisation Directed Courses
  • Program Directed Courses - 10 units

Students may undertake up to 30 units of Program Directed courses or electives as cross-institutional study to make up their program.  Please contact the Program Convenor for a list of suitable courses.

Students may undertake up to 30 units of Group B Directed courses or electives as cross-institutional study to make up their program.  Please contact the Program Convenor for a list of suitable courses.


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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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ENVS6510Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6525Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6530Environmental Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6545Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 50 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR6001Aboriginal Foundation Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ABOR6005Aboriginal Education 1st World Policy / Third World OutcomesNot currently offered10 units
ECON6440Economic Planning and Project EvaluationNot currently offered10 units
ECON6450Applied Policy AnalysisNot currently offered10 units
ENVS6500Business and the Natural Environment
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
EPID6420Epidemiology A - Basic Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6100Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
INFT6304Project Planning and Management
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
OHSE6010Occupational Health
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Natural Systems Management

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ENVS6555Applied Natural Resource Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EMGT6001Biodiversity, Conservation Science and Management.
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6560Contemporary Issues in Water Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6484Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
MARI6001Marine Ecology and Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PHYS6010Contemporary Issues in Energy
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
STAT6107Statistics for the SciencesNot currently offered10 units

Sustainability

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ENVS6535Implementing Environmental Resilience and Addressing Complexity
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ARBE6609Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
BIOL6001Science Policy and Commercialisation
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6500Business and the Natural Environment
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6004Organisational Behaviour and Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
HLSC6105Engaging Families and Communities
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA6590Environmental Justice
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 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

International students can only study this program online offshore.


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.