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Master of Environmental Studies

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Program Code 10200
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Online
CRICOS Code 12
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to face on campus.

Description

This program information is only available to students continuing in the Environmental Studies program. Postgraduate coursework in Environmental Studies is undertaken in an integrated program comprising Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters programs. The overall focus of the program is to foster a multi-disciplinary understanding of the complexities associated with environmental problems. To this end, all students must take core courses to obtain a basic understanding of environmental legislation and planning, sustainability principles, environmental management, environmental impact assessment, and technology and human values. Through these and other supporting courses students are introduced to a range of environmentally-orientated decision-making and management approaches. Aspects of conflict resolution are also included. The broad-based environmental approach is designed to complement the undergraduate degree specialisation and to provide a better understanding of the ways various speciality disciplines may be integrated into the process of environmental understanding. Applications are accepted from diverse backgrounds including science, engineering, forestry, economics, english, history and education.

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities in local, state and federal government positions related to various aspects of environmental management and policy. Private consultancy positions in impact assessment, environmental management and planning are also available.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

Not applicable. Not available to new students.

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 Post Graduate Course Work Programs.

International Students

International students will have to achieve the University’s requirements for English language competency. The Faculty of Science & IT accepts responsibility for needs arising in the context of the program content and its delivery.

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 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 will draw on the assistance and support provided by the Wollotuka Indigenous Support Unit.

Requirements and Structure

The program can completed over three semesters of full-time study or up to 6 years part-time. Courses are offered on a semester basis. Students may commence studies in February or July. Please refer to the Term dates on the University website at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/dates/.
The Master program comprises a combination of coursework courses (80 units) and a major research project (40 units). The coursework consists of six core courses (60 units) and two specialisation courses (60 units) and two specialisation courses (20 units). The research project is undertaken in the area of specialisation.
The specialisation courses and research project are selected from one of five specialisations.

-Mining (Mining and the Social and Ecological Impacts)
-Energy (Energy and its Environmental Impacts, including air and water)
-Coastal and Biodiversity (Catchment Management and Biodiversity)
-Sustainability
-Health (Environmental Health).

Transition Arrangements

As the new programs (Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management, Master of Environmental Management and Master of Environmental Management(Hons)) will be more flexible than the existing programs (Master of Environmental Studies, Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies, Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies) and offer more choice to students, all students will be able to complete the program of study they started. All MES core courses continue to be available and adequate electives will be available for students to complete the two course elective component of the Environmental Studies program. Current students may apply for transfer to the new program.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
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
ENVS6710 Environmental Management Project 1 Not currently offered 20 units
ENVS6720 Environmental Management Project II Not currently offered 20 units
PHIL6910 Technology and the Environment Not currently offered 10 units
PHIL6920 Technology, Human Values and Environment Not currently offered 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
BIOL3110 Environmental Biology
May substitute for the specialisation courses.
Not currently offered 10 units
CHEM2610 Environmental Chemistry I
May substitute for the specialisation courses.
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
CHEM3610 Environmental Chemistry II
May substitute for the specialisation courses.
Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6950 Directed Environmental Study 1
May substitute for the specialisation courses.
Not currently offered 10 units
ENVS6960 Directed Environmental Study 2
May substitute for the specialisation courses.
Not currently offered 10 units

Coastal and Biodiversity

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Directed courses.
EMGT3100 Environmental Remediation Not currently offered 10 units
GEOS3220 Coastal Dynamics, Evolution and Protection Not currently offered 10 units
GEOS3280 Global Change Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units

Energy

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Directed courses.
ECON3320 Environmental Economics Not currently offered 10 units
EMGT3100 Environmental Remediation Not currently offered 10 units
GEOS3280 Global Change Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units

Enviromental Health

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Directed courses.
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6430 Epidemiology B - Research Design Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6460 Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE3040 Environmental Health Not currently offered 10 units
PUBH6200 Transdisciplinary Health Research Not currently offered 10 units

Mining

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Directed courses.
EMGT3100 Environmental Remediation Not currently offered 10 units
GEOS3221 Environmental Geology Not currently offered 10 units
GEOS3280 Global Change Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units

Sustainability

Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Directed courses.
ECON3320 Environmental Economics Not currently offered 10 units
EMGT3100 Environmental Remediation Not currently offered 10 units
GEOG3240 Globalisation: Cities, Economies Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
OHSE3040 Environmental Health Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool)
10 units