The University of Newcastle, Australia


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


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



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020

AUD40,855 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees


2 years 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: 40024
CRICOS code: 089721J

Study Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation

The University of Newcastle's Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation is a research-focused program which provides environmental practitioners with creative solutions and specialised skills to help minimise the human and ecological risks associated with environmental pollution.

Using a balanced approach that includes both hands on and case studies, you’ll examine the core concepts, principles and techniques underlying environmental risk assessment and remediation which can be applied on a national and global platform.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from global experts in the field including Professor Ravi Naidu, Global Innovation Chair and Director of the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation and international leader in contamination studies, specifically the agricultural and industrial impacts on the environment.
  • Access to new state of the art laboratories and research facilities to aid you throughout your studies.
  • Gain real-world experience - you will be given a research project in the field of environmental remediation which you can align to your chosen career path. Throughout your project, you'll have the opportunity to apply a systematic and scientific approach to problem solving.
  • Enhance your skills in environmental management - as an environmental practitioner, you may have a bachelor’s degree in science or applied science (engineering) and are now looking to expand your skills or take your environmental management career to the next level.
  • Expand your career opportunities - apply the practical skills and knowledge that you gain during your studies to specialise in areas across a variety of fields, including research (environmental chemistry, toxicology and technology), consultancy, advocacy and private practice.
  • 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).

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

What you will study

The Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation will equip you with specialised skills to enable you to comprehensively assess a contaminated site.

You will follow guidelines for contaminated site assessment (e.g. NEPM-ASC) and jurisdictional legislation regulating management of contaminated land. You will carry out desktop research for preliminary site investigation (PSI), develop a conceptual site model (CSM) and produce a sampling plan for a detailed site investigation using data quality objectives (DQO’s). You will also evaluate contaminated site data to identify contaminants fate and pathways, assess the risk presented by the contaminant(s) detected on site, and determine the need for further investigation or remediation.

Core courses that you will complete include:

  • Site Assessment and Planning
  • Environmental Remediation Technologies
  • Hydrogeology and Environmental Remediation
  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation Project

Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation will prepare you to manage contaminated site(s) projects and develop remediation action plans for both private and public organisations. With a core focus on environmental risk assessment and remediation, you will have specialised instrumental skills that will be highly valued by mining, property development and industrial sectors. Your capacity to work internationally will be supported by University’s own reputation in the field.

Possible career paths include:

  • environmental remediation research
  • environmental chemist
  • toxicologist
  • contaminated land consultant