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The Master of Environmental Science with a specialisation in Environmental Management, will provide you with the necessary skills in the procedures and methods required in environmental management practices. Read more
The Master of Environmental Science with a specialisation in Environmental Management, will provide you with the necessary skills in the procedures and methods required in environmental management practices.

The Master of Environmental Science will provide you with the background and skills to deal with issues such as land degradation and rehabilitation, air and water pollution, climate change and carbon trading, water resource management, coastal management, flora and fauna conservation, competition for land use, habitat destruction and deforestation, and energy and mineral depletion.

UWA is a leader in environmental science research and training and is supported by staff and activities from Geography, Environment and Soil Sciences, the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Science, the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Biodiversity Conservation Centre, the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory, the Aquatic Dynamics Laboratory and the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy.

Career opportunities

Environmental Science graduates may find employment in a range of areas including commonwealth and state departments and agencies responsible for the environment, water, conservation, climate change policy, agriculture and food, and primary industries. Other employers are private sector firms working in the resources sector and non-government organisations such as Landcare.

Other employment opportunities/roles include:
• Environmental Officer roles
• Environmental Impact Assessment
• Environmental Regulatory bodies
• Environmental Science Consultancy for government
• Private consultancy
• Environmental Restoration
• Land Rehabilitation
• Marine and Coastal Management
• Complex decision making in Environmental Management
• Mining
• Research

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The Master of Geographic Information Science provides a grounding in both theory and practice. You will be competent in advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, spatial problem solving, and implementation and management of GIS projects. Read more
The Master of Geographic Information Science provides a grounding in both theory and practice. You will be competent in advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, spatial problem solving, and implementation and management of GIS projects.

Five great reasons to study Geographic Information Science

1. GIS is an ever evolving technology and offers opportunities at the forefront of innovation. GIS provides the foundation for Google Earth and other similar technologies.

2. GIS has become core business in most industries and government sectors including: agriculture, forestry and fisheries; mining, and oil and gas; utilities; waste management and remediation services; construction; educational services; manufacturing; health care and social assistance; wholesale and retail trade; transportation and warehousing; real estate; planning ; international and domestic aid; emergency management; the military and many others. If you are a Geographer or think spatially and have interests in any number of fields, Geographic Information Science is for you.

3. Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis are desirable skills in many disciplines which set you apart from other job candidates and provide for greater employability. In addition, GIS has been cited as one of the 12 'high-growth' industries worldwide.

4. GIS Saves Lives. Over the last decade, GIS technology helped survivors in numerous natural disasters, including the Japan tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake, Boxing Day tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. It has become increasingly clear that natural disasters will not stop, but educated GIS professionals have an increasing role to play in disaster management.

5. Marco Polo, Claudius Ptolemy, Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Eratosthenes, Colonel Sir George Everest, and David Livingstone were all Geographers. Their discoveries would have happened more quickly with the availability of GIS technologies.

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Geoscience is the study of our dynamic planet and aims to understand the origin and evolution of Earth, its ancient environments and climates, natural hazards and the formation of resources including petroleum, mineral deposits and groundwater. Read more
Geoscience is the study of our dynamic planet and aims to understand the origin and evolution of Earth, its ancient environments and climates, natural hazards and the formation of resources including petroleum, mineral deposits and groundwater. Knowledge of past and present earth processes is fundamental to predicting future environmental change.

This course develops your ability to gather and interpret geological information for a wide range of applications

Course description, features and facilities

Geoscience is a science that aims to understand all aspects of our planet, ranging from the Earth's surface to the deep interior. It also aims to discover how the Earth has evolved during the past 4.4 billion years, including the origin of continents, oceans, atmosphere and life.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in geoscience. It is the only institution in the world to house two state-of-the-art Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) instruments (CAMECA IMS 1280 and CAMECA NanoSIMS 50) providing a unique analytical capability to Australian and international researchers.

Our teaching is also supported by the world class research and development of the Energy and Minerals Institute, the Centre for Exploration Targeting, the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, the Geothermal Centre of Excellence and the Centre for Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration.

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details

Structure

The Master of Geoscience is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

The course offers a focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are plentiful in the resources industries (minerals, geothermal, and groundwater) or research fields such as planetary geology, volcano or earthquake hazard prediction.

Additional employment opportunities exist in government agencies dealing with resources or environmental companies and agencies. Many graduates continue to develop their specialist skills in industry or government agencies around the world, while others join academic institutions.

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Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management - Processing and interpreting complex multi-dimensional spatial datasets is increasingly in demand for the successful management of both built and natural environments. Read more
Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management - Processing and interpreting complex multi-dimensional spatial datasets is increasingly in demand for the successful management of both built and natural environments.

Geographic Information Science (GIS) involves the acquisition, visualisation and analysis of geographical data, including from ecological systems, landforms, soils, water, land use, economic activity and population demographics. When combined with environmental management, it offers a powerful tool for integrating our understanding of environmental processes with strategic planning approaches to resolve problems.

Five great reasons to study Geographic Information Science

1. GIS is an ever evolving technology and offers opportunities at the forefront of innovation. GIS provides the foundation for Google Earth and other similar technologies...need I say more.

2. GIS has become core business in most industries and government sectors including: agriculture, forestry and fisheries; mining, and oil and gas; utilities; waste management and remediation services; construction; educational services; manufacturing; health care and social assistance; wholesale and retail trade; transportation and warehousing; real estate; planning ; international and domestic aid; emergency management; the military and many others. If you are a Geographer or think spatially and have interests in any number of fields, Geographic Information Science is for you.

3. Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis are desirable skills in many disciplines which set you apart from other job candidates and provide for greater employability. In addition, GIS has been cited as one of the 12 'high-growth' industries worldwide.

4. GIS saves lives! Over the last decade, GIS technology helped survivors in numerous natural disasters, including the Japan tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake, Boxing Day tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. It has become increasingly clear that natural disasters will not stop, but educated GIS professionals have an increasing role to play in disaster management.

5. Marco Polo, Claudius Ptolemy, Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Eratosthenes, Colonel Sir George Everest, and David Livingstone were all Geographers. Their discoveries would have happened more quickly with the availability of GIS technologies.

Career opportunities

One of the fastest growing areas of demand within the environmental sciences is for professionals with expertise in Geographical Information Science and how this can be applied to environmental management. Employers include private consultancies, environmental groups, and government agencies responsible for water, land use, coastal and marine environments, agriculture, mining and urban planning.

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The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates. Read more
The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to approach practical and policy challenges in a wide range of contexts by drawing on expertise from development geographers, political scientists, resource economists and development practitioners.
The Economics of Development specialisation
is coordinated by the School of Agricultural and Resource Economic, Faculty of Science. This specialisation provides students with tools of economic analysis to address challenges in developing countries with a focus on agriculture, environment and rural development. Units in this specialisation help students understand what can be done to promote development through multiple interventions, and how to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts of specific initiatives.

Student learns how to conduct development analyses, such as poverty assessments and environmental impact assessments, commonly used by development agencies and policy makers. They explore themes such as the relationship between economic growth and development; the role of trade and foreign aid in development; the effectiveness of microfinance and rural credit schemes in poverty alleviation; measuring risk and vulnerability in developing contexts; global food systems and agricultural development; and institutional and market failure.

Key features

Specialisations are unique and provide students with both focus and flexibility.
Students will be equipped with analytical and practical skills to engage critically in development policy, research and practice.
Interdisciplinary focus enables a richer learning experience and an appreciation of different disciplinary perspectives - valued by employers.

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The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates. Read more
The Master of International Development engages students with the contemporary challenges of addressing poverty and inequality globally through an emphasis on empirical evidence, real-world case studies, and debates.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to approach practical and policy challenges in a wide range of contexts by drawing on expertise from development geographers, political scientists, resource economists and development practitioners.
The Politics and Development specialisation
Politics and Development (co-ordinated by the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts) uses social theory to analyse and interpret the geo-political dimensions of development. This specialisation provides students with an understanding of the key conceptual, historical and policy issues surrounding development. It considers the changing role of states, markets, firms, institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the process of negotiating and implementing development policy. This specialisation also introduces students to a range of approaches and frameworks employed by policymakers and practitioners in designing, implementing, and evaluating development policy.
You will explore, for example, debates regarding the role of gender in development; the origin and impact of 'good governance' agendas; the politics of aid programming and foreign policy; the historical and contemporary relationship between security and development, particularly in Africa; and the development dimensions of natural resource governance.

Key features

Specialisations are unique and provide students with both focus and flexibility.
Students will be equipped with analytical and practical skills to engage critically in development policy, research and practice.
Interdisciplinary focus enables a richer learning experience and an appreciation of different disciplinary perspectives - valued by employers.

Career opportunities

The Master of International Development enables you to build a diverse and rewarding career path in local and international development, from field based roles to research and policy within education and government.

Prospective employers include aid and development agencies, government departments, non-government organisations, and international institutions such as the United Nations.

Each of the specialisations are also pathways to Higher Degree by Research and an academic career in international development.

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