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Start Date
February
July

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LMEV

SATAC Code
4CM200 (Internal)
4CM163 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Mode
On-campus

Fees
$AU 29,400 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2018

Key features

  • Advanced development for environmental scientists and management.
  • Gain integrated knowledge of sustainability, natural resources and geospatial sciences.
  • Develop skills in natural and water resources management.
  • Undertake a major research project with industry.
  • Flexible course options available including a range of electives to tailor your studies
  • Benefit from links to the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre.
  • Research rated above world-class in environmental science and management1.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This master degree offers innovative, integrated studies in sustainability, natural resources, and geospatial sciences.

It provides the opportunity to pursue higher level study before entering the workforce. It also fulfils the formal continuing professional development needs of environmental scientists and managers already in the workforce.

UniSA environmental studies programs have been developed in response to industry demand. They are designed to meet the increasingly diverse responsibilities and challenges faced by managers, and the growing demand for skilled resource management practitioners. Courses are delivered by our highly qualified lecturers, and by industry practitioners from various government departments and private enterprise.

This postgraduate qualification is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification. If you decide to exit this degree having completed the first four courses, you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science. If you have completed the first eight courses, you will receive the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science.

If you already have qualifications in a relevant discipline, you could be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete this degree in less than two years.

Why Master of Environmental Science

Why this Degree

Postgraduate studies in environmental science will suit you if you are already working in natural resource management and want to broaden your skills and knowledge. They are also ideal if you have a related undergraduate degree (such as engineering) and want to move into sustainable management.

You will develop skills in natural and/or water resources management, and gain strong knowledge of the research techniques and processes needed to complete a major research project closely aligned with industry.

You will use the most up-to-date Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data analysis equipment. All our GIS laboratories are equipped with the latest software used in industry.

Your studies will benefit from links to the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections.

Our environmental science programs have been developed with extensive input and support from industry experts. An industry-based advisory group has also been established to oversee the programs so that they continue to meet industry standards.

Our research is rated at above world-class in environmental science and management1 and this research informs the basis of this qualification. The Natural and Built Environments Research Centre has partnerships with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations are addressing the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments.

The Barbara Hardy Institute has world-leading scientists, engineers and social scientists working collaboratively towards the widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices. Simply put, they do great research into sustainability.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Your career

This degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to take a leadership role in the sustainability and environmental sector. You could be employed by:

  • federal and state government departments and agencies
  • local authority departments and agencies
  • large private sector industries
  • small and medium enterprises (e.g. tourism, hospitality, planning)
  • engineering and consulting companies
  • non-government organisations (there are many aid and welfare organisations operating sustainability initiatives in developing countries)

Careers to consider:

  • natural resource manager: protecting and managing wildlife, trees, plants, soil and water;  focusing on the issues linked to healthy ecosystems combined with human interaction such as habitation, economic resource extraction and recreation, and the complexities of climate change adaptation
  • environmental manager: overseeing the environmental performance of private and public sector organisations; developing, implementing and monitoring environmental strategies that promote sustainable development; advising organisations on minimisation of their environmental impact

Industry facts

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Employment for environmental scientists in Australia is projected to increase by 3 per cent by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Employment in the renewable energy sector is expected to be 1.2 to 4 times higher by 20201

1 Renewable Energy Jobs in 2009 and Forecasts to 2020, 2009

What others are saying

I chose to study at the University of South Australia because Adelaide seemed to be a very enjoyable city and the classes looked really interesting and actually are! Student life at UniSA is amazing - sport events, parties, associations and cooking nights, there’s so much you can do!

Claire Moine

Master of Environmental Science

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Claire Moine

Master of Environmental Science

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will explore the theory and practice of managing and sustaining our natural and built environment through core courses and advanced electives. You will also complete a Master Thesis. You will develop skills in:

  • understanding and managing resources within a sustainability framework
  • understanding and applying systems thinking
  • spatial data management and analysis
  • project management

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • written reports
  • research proposals and assignments
  • essays and examinations
  • oral presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Seminar in Sustainability ENVT 5007 4.5
Ecological Economics N ENVT 5041 4.5
Elective 1
Elective 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Community Partnerships ENVT 5034 4.5
Natural Resource Management ENVT 5040 4.5
Research Theory and Practice ENGG 4005 4.5
Elective 3
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4
Elective 5
NBE Masters Thesis Part A CIVE 5089 9 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 6
Elective 7
NBE Masters Thesis Part B CIVE 5090 9 Note(s): 1

I am a lecturer in Geology and Engineering Geology. I am interested in the evolution of the continents and helping students to understand this information and its relevance to modern society – even if they're not geologists! 

Dr Justin Payne

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will have access to our multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes campus. The $50 million facility supports our world-class research in minerals and materials science. It’s a place that blends teaching and research environments, making you part of a vibrant learning community.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code (see below) then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

You may be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete the requirements of this qualification in less than 2 years. Please see entry requirements for further details. When applying through SATAC, please refer to the codes below. If you are uncertain about your eligibility for Advanced Standing, please include more than one SATAC code in your list of application preferences. 

  • 2 years - SATAC CODE 4CM163
  • 1 year - SATAC CODE 4CM200

Advanced standing

If you have completed a Bachelor (Honours) degree or Graduate Diploma in a related area, you may be eligible for Advanced Standing. This entitles you to enter this degree with 1.0 EFTSL Advanced Standing, and complete it in one year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study. The disciplines relevant for Advanced Standing typically include:

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Management
  • Civil and Environmental Management
  • Natural Resource Management

If your qualification is in another discipline you are still encouraged to apply. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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