Master of Environmental Management (Honours)


Program Code 11701
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery The initial Master of Environmental Management program is available on-line. The Environmental Management project components that are required to obtain the Honours are only available on-campus.
Program Enrolment Checklist


This program has been discontinued and is available only to students currently enrolled in the program. Prospective students and students commencing in 2014 should refer to the new Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability at .

Postgraduate coursework in Environmental Management is undertaken in an integrated program comprising:

The program aims to produce graduates with the capability to constructively engage with the complex environmental concerns that confront contemporary societies. It emphasises the integration of theory and practice and provides an interdisciplinary grounding in sustainability, environmental management, impact assessment and policy. On completion of the program, the graduate will have a good understanding of the key approaches in environmental management, sustainability and decision-making, and well developed problem solving skills. The program is open to graduates from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. It caters for both mid-career professionals wishing to gain a postgraduate qualification, upgrade and extend skills and knowledge, or move into the environmental field, and suitably qualified graduates from cognate fields.

Why study with us?

The Master of Environmental Management (Honours) will expand your understanding and engagement in contemporary environmental and social issues, but will also significantly broaden your career prospects in environmental management within both the public sector and business. If you are passionate about research, the Master of Environmental Management (Honours) will enable you to undertake a research project that could progress to a research higher degree.

Career Opportunities

The program is a sound basis for careers in the various fields of environmental management, environmental policy and sustainability with government agencies, industry, corporate sector, community organisations and consultancies.

Admission Requirements

Students who have satisfactorily completed the specified units of the Master of Environmental Management program may apply for admission to the Master (Honours) program.

Credit Transfer

Credit may be granted for coursework courses if they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding courses in the environmental management program, and they were completed within the previous 5 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and IT in accordance with the Rules Governing Postgraduate Coursework Awards. If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to your new program, go to click on How to apply for credit.

International Students

International students are advised that the coursework program is only available online or by distance learning, with only the Environmental Management Project in the Honours program available on-campus. International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All students can also access additional learning support mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Special Needs

The support structures of the Student Support Unit will be available to assist any students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty and School accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The program can be completed over eighteen months full-time or up to 6 years part-time. The initial coursework components for the Masters program is online, with courses offered on a trimester basis. The Environmental Management Project components of the degree can only be completed on-campus and on a semester basis, either full-time across one semester or part-time across two semesters.

The Masters (Honours) program comprises eight courses (80 units) consisting of at least four Group A directed courses (40 units), and at least two Group B directed courses (20 units) and up to two elective courses (20 units) with the addition of a research project (40 units) comprised of two compulsory Environmental Management Project courses.

Elective course choices may be taken from the Group A and Group B lists below or from any other available courses offered within the University (providing that those courses are open to all students).

Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the program prior to 2012 and have:

  • successfully completed BIOL6002, GSBS6090 or PHIL6920 will be able to count them as a Group Directed Course towards their program.

  • failed BIOL6002, GSBS6090 or PHIL6920 may enrol in an alternative course from the Group B Directed Course List.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ENVS6710 Environmental Management Project 1 Not currently offered 20 units
ENVS6720 Environmental Management Project II Not currently offered 20 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 40 units from Group A - Directed Courses
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6525 Sustainability and Ecosystem Health Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6545 Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy Trimester 3 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
Choose 20 units from Group B - Directed Courses
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6002 Decolonisation: An Australian Context Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
ECON6430 Issues in Developing Economies Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EMGT6001 Conservation Biology Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6560 Contemporary Issues in Water Management Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
MARI6001 Marine Ecology and Management Trimester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHIL6910 Technology and the Environment Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6570 Social Change and Development Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units


Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.