The University of Melbourne is ranked number 15 in the world for the study of environmental science (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 – Environmental Sciences). The newly-established Master of Environmental Science is designed for students with existing undergraduate studies in the life, chemical, earth or environmental sciences to extend their scientific knowledge of environmental problems, and to facilitate the development of professional scientific skills in environmental problem solving.
You will have the flexibility to develop your own interests by selecting from a broad range of coursework subjects. You will undertake high-level and intensive study in your chosen area, as well as building complementary professional skills in the areas of communication, business and science application.
As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career as a:
The Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) offers students the flexibility to develop their own interests by selecting from a wide range of coursework subjects, including discipline core subjects and a professional skills module that provides high-level training in the areas of science communication, data analysis and modelling, ethics and/or leadership in science.
This degree provides students with essential skills, knowledge and research training through a Research Project in one of the discipline areas represented in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. These include: conservation biology, ecology, ecophysiology, environmental psychology, environmental and landscape management, forest science, genetics, horticulture, hydrology and soil science.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:
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.