Start date

2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 38,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • SA’s number one university for research in environmental sciences.1
  • Research rated well above world-class in environmental sciences and management.1
  • Advanced development for environmental scientists and management.
  • Gain integrated knowledge of sustainability and a 'one health' approach that seeks to balance and optimise the health of people, animals, plants and our shared environment.
  • Develop skills in pollution, energy and natural resource management, and how to monitor and restore ecosystems.
  • Understand the critical role that human dimensions play in planning and managing society’s demands on the planet, and the important lessons that can be learned from indigenous knowledge, such as in managing fire systems.
  • Work alongside research and industry experts at the Future Industries Institute and UniSA STEM.

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This master degree offers innovative, integrated studies in sustainability and a 'one health' approach to managing humanity's footprint on the planet.

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

The University of South Australia’s 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.

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.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

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

  • reflecting critically on theory and professional practice related to environmental science and management
  • understand and incorporate new techniques into the solution of environmental science, management and sustainability issues
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information to solve complex environmental and sustainability issues facing the public, private, government and non-government sectors.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Environmental Pollution and Monitoring ENVT 4031 4.5
Fire and Culture ENVT 4032 4.5
Restoration Ecology ENVT 3028 4.5
Social License to Operate BUSS 5442 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Global Change and Human Health BIOL 3027 4.5
Ecosystem Monitoring ENVT 3031 4.5
Microbial Ecology ENVT 2015 4.5
Natural Resource Management ENVT 5040 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Engineering and Environmental Masters Design Project CIVE 5091 9
Advanced Topics in Science NASC 4020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Masters Research Project CIVE 5092 9
Environmental Planning, Climate Change and Sustainability ARCH 5041 4.5
Energy and Society MENG 5005 4.5

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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.



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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

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 or environmental science 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 across a broad spectrum of environmental science, and gain strong knowledge of the research techniques and processes needed to complete a major research project closely aligned with industry.

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 well above world-class in environmental science and management1 and this research informs the basis of this qualification. We have partnerships with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations are addressing the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments.

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

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Career outcomes

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 (e.g. mining, renewable energy, finance)
  • small and medium enterprises (e.g. restoration, pastoral, planning, tourism)
  • engineering and environmental 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 health 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

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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 up to 1.0 EFTSL Advanced Standing, and complete it in one year of full-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.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You’ll have access to our world class laboratories and dedicated STEM facilities on Mawson Lakes campus. Fieldwork is also an important part of the program, so as part of your studies you can expect to go off campus to visit field sites around Adelaide and across South Australia.

Your study spaces

Your program director

Craig is based in UniSA STEM, at the Mawson Lakes Campus. Craig’s research is focussed on the monitoring and managing the environmental impacts of energy and resources developments, but he also has an interest in the social aspects of developments and “Social Licence to Operate". Prior to joining UniSA in 2020, Craig was based in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL), where he remains an adjunct Reader. Before that, Craig worked for about five years in industry in Western Australia, designing and running large scale environmental monitoring programs for port developments such as the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects. Previous to this, Craig was a lecturer and taught marine ecology and statistics at Deakin University and before that was a U2000 Fellow at the University of Sydney (where he also taught marine ecology and experimental design/statistics). He also held an Australian Research Council funded post-doctoral research position at the University of Melbourne and while finishing his PhD worked as a senior fisheries biologist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

AsPr Craig Styan

Program Director

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AsPr Craig Styan

Program Director


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What others are saying

All of the teaching staff I have been involved with at UniSA have been fantastic. Each staff member is incredibly well-versed in their field and are always happy to take questions from students, including those that go beyond the scope of the course. This has really helped me to explore concepts beyond the face value provided by traditional teaching. Some of the courses I undertook involved field work, in particular my research project involved conducting a series of self-run experiments with field work components. Each of these opportunities have provided valuable experiences and skills that I will be able to use in my future employment. As a result, I was offered a graduate position with a private consulting company before even finishing my degree. 

Sean Sparrow

Master of Environmental Science
Graduate Environmental Scientist | GHD

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Sean Sparrow

Master of Environmental Science
Graduate Environmental Scientist | GHD