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Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation

Overview

Overview

Are you an environmental practitioner who is concerned about the risks (human and ecological) associated with environmental pollution and wants to be involved in providing creative solutions to minimise those risks? The University of Newcastle’s Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation can be the pathway to that position you’ve been dreaming of.

Providing you with specialised training in risk assessment and environmental remediation designed for the growing needs of the remediation industry both nationally and globally, this hands on practicals and research-focused program will help prepare you for your dream job.

Using a balanced approach that includes both hands on and case studies, you’ll examine the core concepts, principles and techniques underlying environmental risk assessment and remediation. You’ll learn how to assess a contaminated site including following guidelines for contaminated site assessment (e.g. NEPM-ASC) and jurisdictional legislation regulating management of contaminated land; carry out desktop research for preliminary site investigation(PSI), develop conceptual site models, produce a sampling plan for a detailed site investigation using data quality objectives (DQO’s) and evaluate contaminated site data to identify contaminant fate and pathways and assess the risk presented by the contaminant(s) detected on site and determine the need for further investigation or remediation. In addition, you will learn the chemodynamics of environmental contaminants and review the latest remediation technologies. You will be given a research project in the field of environmental remediation, which will give you the opportunity to apply a systematic and scientific approach to problem solving. 

On completion, you’ll be able to provide full site assessment reports that exceed client’s expectation, provide innovative solutions to remediation and/or risk assessment problems and bring remediation projects to a successful conclusion.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
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Number of Courses
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8 - 16

Program Code

40024

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Campus Location

Callaghan

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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8 - 16
CRICOS

089721J

Program Code

40024

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Is It For You?

Environmental practitioners can have different backgrounds and their previous experience and knowledge often help shape the future direction of their careers. You may have a bachelor’s degree in science or applied science (engineering) and now want to expand your skills and move into the growing field of environmental remediation. Or you may want to start a research career in the field of environmental chemistry, toxicology and technology. The University of Newcastle’s Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation will provide you with specialized skills required by the growing needs of the remediation industry or the required skills to start a research pathway.

Career Opportunities

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation will prepare you for managing contaminated site(s) projects and developing remediation action plans for both private and public organisations. With a core focus on environmental risk assessment and remediation, you will have specialised and instrumental skills that will be highly valued by mining, property development and industrial sectors. Your capacity to work internationally will be supported by University’s own reputation in the field.

You can also start a research career in the highly needed area of environmental remediation that will be highly valued by environmental research organisations.

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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. 

Admission to the Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and/or work experience. The table below outlines the number of years of 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 (in a related field of study) Zero 160
3 Year Bachelor (in a non-related field of study) Two 160
3 Year Bachelor (in a related field of study) Two 120
Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (in a related field of study) Zero 120
Bachelor (Hons) degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (in a non-related field of study) Two 120
3 Year Bachelor (in a non-related field of study) Five 120
4 Year Bachelor (Hons) (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.

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 40024
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 089721J
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to Face
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Description

The Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation program is designed to equip graduates with specialist training in risk assessment and remediation, and provide high quality industry ready graduates to meet end user needs.

The program will also allow for relevant, formal studies to be tailored for practitioners/professionals who wish to complement their professional experience.

The Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation courses are focused postgraduate courses integrating all the required disciplines necessary for assessing environmental contaminants, determining the impact of contaminants on the environment and assessing potential remediation technologies.

Admission Requirements

Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental Science discipline (or cognate discipline) or a three Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with a minimum of 2 years relevant industry related experience are eligible to undertake a 160 unit program which can be completed in 2 years full time or 4 years part time.  

Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental Science discipline (cognate discipline) with a minimum of 2 years relevant industry experience or a combination of a three year Bachelor degree in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with a 1 year Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8) in an Environmental Science discipline (cognate discipline) are eligible to undertake a 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time.  

Students with a four year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with a minimum of 2 years relevant industry experience or a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) but with at least 5 years relevant industry experience are eligible to undertake a 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time.  

Students with a four year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in an Environmental Science discipline (cognate discipline) are eligible to undertake the 80 unit program which can be completed in 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

This program is designed to give a research and practical based learning experience to student and consists of a total of 160 units of courses, including 140 units of core courses and 20 units from directed courses.Program requirements and the volume of learning are dependent on the student’s prior academic qualifications.To complete the Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation (MERAR):Entry with a 3 year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a cognate area or in a non-cognate area and two years relevant industry experience:Volume of Learning is 160 units:

  • Core Courses - 140 units
  • Program Directed Courses - 20 units

Entry with a 3 year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a cognate area plus two years relevant industry experience or a 3 year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) with 1 year Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8) in a cognate area:Volume of Learning is 120 units:

  • Core Courses - 100 units
  • Program Directed Courses - 20 units

Entry with a 4 year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in a non-cognate area plus two years relevant industry experience or a 3 year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a non-cognate area with extensive relevant industry experience:Volume of Learning is 120 units:

  • Core Courses - 120 units

Entry with a 4 year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in a cognate area, where 4th year has <25% research project in coursework or applicant has achieved Class I, II or Class III Honours (or equivalent) result in end on or embedded honours.Volume of Learning is 80 units:

  • Core Courses - 80 units

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfill the requirements of this program..

Code Name Availability Units
ERAR6001 Site Assessment and Planning Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6002 Chemodynamics of Environmental Contaminants Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6003 Hydrogeology and Environmental Remediation Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6004 Environmental Remediation Technologies Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6005 Risk Characterisation for Human Health Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6006 Ecological Risk Assessment Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6110 Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation Project - A Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
ERAR6120 Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation Project - B Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
ERAR6130 Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation Project - C Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
ERAR6140 Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation Project - D Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the Directed Courses list.

Code Name Availability Units
ERAR6007 Contamination of Terrestrial Environments Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6008 Enviromics and Biostatistics Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6009 Measurements, Sensors and Instrumentation for Environmental Contaminants Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ERAR6010 Applied Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply an advanced understanding of scientific concepts underlying environmental risk assessment and remediation.
  • Select and apply appropriate scientific methodologies and tools for environmental investigation.
  • Apply critical thinking and reasoning to demonstrate advanced understanding of recent developments in the field of environmental risk assessment and remediation for professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to synthesise data from a number of sources to solve complex problems presented in environmental risk assessment and remediation.
  • Work autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team to design and implement projects.
  • Demonstrate advanced judgement, professional aptitude and technical capabilities in environmental risk assessment and remediation.
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to evaluate and interpret scientific data and present conclusions in accordance with current understanding in professional practice and scholarship.
  • Communicate specialised technical knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a variety of contexts.

Credit Transfer

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 the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

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 unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics and or Physics

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