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Course content

Our future hangs in the balance. Humanity is developing at speed causing widespread environmental, economic and social challenges for sustaining life on Earth. It’s vital for us to change and adapt in all aspects of how we work and live.

If you’re future-conscious and want to transform society through sustainable solutions, this is your chance to learn the skills you’ll need. It’ll give you the training, language and tools to be a leader in a rapidly growing field. You’ll explore the trends, issues and science underlying global sustainability problems, and learn how to evaluate, analyse and collaborate across sectors to influence, motivate and effect positive, sustainable change.

Get hands-on, real-world experience through an internship, interdisciplinary or research project to help drive innovation, and be taught by global and professional experts from multiple disciplines and sectors, who are leading the environment and sustainability agenda in Australia and internationally.

Combine your industry experience or previous study with a strong foundation in understanding sustainability challenges, and use it to advance sustainability solutions in your sector. You’ll have the skills to provide strategic leadership in policy formulation, governance and regulatory advice,  management  and  capacity-building  in  sectors  as diverse as business, government and not-for-profits.

Course structure

The course is structured in four parts. Part A. Environment and sustainability core studies, Part B. Specialisation preparatory studies, Part C. Specialist studies, and Part D. Advanced practice.  All students complete Part A and Part C.  Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part B or Part D or a combination of the two.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

PART A. Environment and sustainability core studies

In these studies you will develop an understanding of the interactions and interdependence between nature, society and the economy, and the basic principles of sustainability (social, economic and environmental).

PART B. Specialisation preparatory studies

These studies will introduce you to studies at advanced undergraduate or graduate level in your specialisation. They are intended for students whose previous qualification (or experience) is not in a cognate field to the specialisation. These studies will develop the discipline knowledge and skills required to study the stream of your choice.

PART C. Specialist studies

In this part you will develop specialist expertise in one specialist area of environment and sustainability, and the research skills or knowledge needed either to undertake independent research or for the capacity to work and communicate across the borders of discipline, context or culture.

PART D. Advanced practice

In this part you will undertake professional or scholarly work that will contribute to a portfolio of professional development in your area of specialisation. You have two options. The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field or an interdisciplinary project. The second option is a 24 point research thesis.  Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.


Visit the Master of Environment and Sustainability page on the Monash University website for more details!

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