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Overview

Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

The Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability equips professionals with the capability to constructively engage with the complete environmental concerns that confront contemporary societies. The emphasis of this degree is the integration of theory and practice with an interdisciplinary grounding in sustainability, environmental management, impact assessment and policy.

You will develop specialist knowledge regarding issues of global consequence including sustainability and ecosystem health, water management, environmental legislation and planning, environmental impact assessment, social change and development, climate change policy and conservation biology. By developing an advanced understanding of the key approaches in environmental management and decision making, you’ll expand your critical appreciation of sustainability, ethics, governance and cultural difference in relation to environmental practice and management.

With the flexibility to study your areas of interest, the program has been developed to prepare you with a solid understanding of environmental management and sustainability with focus on  practical application of theoretical concepts.

With a number of emerging industries on the radar, including climate change, sustainable energy, infrastructure, water management and land use, demand for qualified and experienced environmental professionals is expected to grow by 40%.

At the completion of your master studies, you will be able to apply your high-level practical and theoretical knowledge across a variety of fields, including research, consultancy, advocacy and private practice.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability at a time that suits you.

Is it for you?

Are you looking to expand your knowledge and enhance your career opportunities managing the increasingly complex environmental issues that concern today’s society?

With sustainability as one of the key drivers of current economic policy, understanding how sound environmental practices intersect with business, government and the community is essential for the successful environmental management professional.

Developing sophisticated frameworks for environmental management and balancing the needs of both business and environmental best practice can be challenging. The Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability from the University of Newcastle will provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively and professionally approach these challenges.

The program is geared towards individuals with undergraduate qualifications (or majors) in the following areas:

  • Conservation studies
  • Environmental rehabilitation studies
  • Forestry
  • Geography (human and physical)
  • Marine
  • Resource and environmental management
  • Policy studies
  • Social ecology
  • Environment studies
  • Urban and regional planning

By pursuing a career in this field, you will apply your passion for the environment and the practical skills and knowledge acquired during your studies to prepare proposals, design and implement environmental studies and monitoring programs; prepare environmental management plans and approvals; engage business development and team management; conduct field investigations and monitoring programs; develop policies and provide consultation.

Career Pathways

The Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability provides you with a unique combination of advanced skills that are useful for enhancing access to promotion, building a new set of saleable techniques, or for changing career paths. The growing importance of business management skills at all levels of employment will continue to make this degree attractive whether you are working for non-governmental organisations, government, or the private sector.

Specialisations

The Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability at the University of Newcastle blends core units, directed courses and electives that will provide you with fundamental concepts and focused training in the specialisation areas of natural systems management or sustainability.

Throughout the program, you will learn about contemporary environmental issues while developing a sound understanding of the key approaches to environmental management and decision-making from practical and theoretical perspectives. You will also expand your critical appreciation of sustainability, ethics, governance and cultural difference in relation to environmental practice and management.

You will develop a high-level understanding of environmental issues and social context by examining issues including industrial, domestic and rural environmental technologies and their impact. You will also gain an understanding of indigenous environmental issues, environmental problems in developing countries and their social roots and radical social change proposals for dealing with environmental issues.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Environmental  Management and Sustainability program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

The table below outlines the  number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications

 

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units required to complete Masters (10 units = 1 course)
3 year Bachelor degree in a non-related field of study Zero 160
3 year Bachelor degree in a non-related field of study Two 120
3 year Bachelor degree in a related field of study Zero 120
Bachelor (Hons) degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a non-related field of study Zero 120
Bachelor (Hons) degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related field of study Zero 80

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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