The Master of Environment is a flexible, multidisciplinary course that will develop knowledge and skills for professional practice in environment or sustainability. Depending on your academic background, interests and career aspirations you can choose from over 200 subjects taught by ten different faculties.
The Master of Environment provides specialisation in a field of environmental practice and capacity to work across disciplines for environmental decision making. You will have the opportunity to participate in research projects, internship placements, overseas study, and collaborative problem-solving projects.
The two year (200 point) Master of Environment pathway is a Professional Entry pathway suitable for graduates with an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with an overall average of 65%.
The one year (100 point) pathway Master of Environment is a Professional Development Pathway suitable for graduates with an Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline with an overall average of 65%. Graduates with at least five years of relevant work experience following a Bachelor degree may also be eligible for this pathway.
The qualification structure requires completion of two core multidisciplinary subjects. Students complete a stream in a defined specialist field of environmental knowledge, or may complete a tailored specialisation in a relevant field.
Since 2008, the University of Melbourne has organised a field study subject for students in the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science to Laos and Vietnam. The subject explores the relationships between people and forests in the Asia Pacific region. The subject has also been taken by students in the Master of Environment and other programs. In November 2015, with the support of Vice Chancellor's Fellow Professor Kate Auty, filmmakers Belinda Ensor and Joel Checkley joined part of the program and made a short film. It explores the experiences of past and current students and staff and highlights the importance of field-based learning in academic study.
Upon completion of this course, students will have:
The Master of Environment is strongly linked with the business community and government organisations through the Community and Industry Advisory Board.
Have you ever wondered how your community (village, neighbourhood, company, institution) can make the transition from fossil sourced energy to more sustainable sources? This key issue is the essence of the master Energy for Society.
The aim of the master programme is to educate Energy Transition Strategists focussing on local and regional levels of energy transition. Upon graduation you will
have a broad competence base ranging from how to build (energy) communities, sustainable energy technologies, sustainable business models, governance, communication to spatial transformations. This will enable you to initiate and support local and regional energy transition projects entrepreneurially, i.e. help define and implement community-based projects that create social, environmental and monetary value. You will be able to catalyse complex bottom-up energy transition processes and foster change in people’s ‘energy behaviour’. Working with communities, cooperatives, clusters of companies, municipalities and regional organisations you will establish a dialogue between different groups of stakeholders.
Throughout the programme you will work and learn in close co-operation with your peers, professional practitioners, researchers and education staff using real life projects. This environment will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to: