Tackle our biggest ecological challenges through change-leadership and sustainability. 

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Distance (online with some face-to-face), Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Environmental Management
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1 - 2 Year(s)

UNSW’s Master of Environmental Management is a two-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) postgraduate degree that will prepare you for a career that tackles our biggest ecological challenges through change-leadership and sustainability.

In this master’s degree, you’ll learn to think about environmental problems through a number of lenses, forming a deep understanding of the socio-political influences that drive them.  In addition to the program’s key focus on conceptual tools, you will also develop experiential and practical skills to inform ethical and restorative sustainability leadership in a range of professional contexts.

Key features

A transdisciplinary approach 

Today’s environmental leaders need to understand the ecological dimensions and environmental science underpinning environmental issues, biodiversity and climate change. Through this degree, you'll explore the social, cultural, and structural drivers and impacts, and the complex ways in which these are connected.

The Master of Environmental Management takes a transdisciplinary approach to environmental challenges. Through studies in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, creative arts, and community-based practices you’ll gain the skills needed to communicate complex ideas and lead transformative change.

Shape your study to suit your lifestyle

The program’s flexible delivery incudes interactive classes, evening seminars, experiential and field-based learning, and online components. It is designed for people from a wide range of disciplines, from environmental specialists to passionate environmental newcomers looking to develop the expertise and courage needed to make an impact. 

However you choose to shape your degree, you’ll become part of a diverse and passionate community of change-makers who will support and challenge you during your studies and beyond.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community
  • Flexible learning options
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
8623
CRICOS Code
080063M
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
92

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There are three different streams of the Master of Environmental Management. The stream you apply for will depend on the depth of your prior academic and/or professional experience, and how closely it relates to environmental management.

If you apply for Stream A or Stream B, you may be eligible to have your study recognised via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If your prior study is recognised, credit points can be counted towards the Master of Environmental Management, and you would then be able to complete the coursework undertaking fewer subjects.

For all three streams, you will need to meet the following admission requirements to be considered for entry into the program:


For the 1 year stream (A)

  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%)
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%), plus one year relevant professional experience

For the 1.7 year stream (B)

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%), plus one year relevant professional experience
  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%)For the 2 year stream (C)
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%

For the 2 year stream (C)

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.

Relevant disciplines include: Geography, environmental humanities, environmental social sciences, environmental art and design, environmental studies, environmental communication, sustainability studies, Indigenous studies, multispecies studies, environmental and urban planning, sustainable architecture and landscape design, environmental policy, urban studies, planetary health, conservation science, environmental engineering, environmental law, environmental management, environmental journalism, environmental economics, natural resource management.

Relevant professional experience includes: Environmental educator, planner, analyst, manager, campaign director, or similar in non-profit or for-profit sector, NGOs, or government; high-responsibility position as environmental activist or advocate; environmental consultant, law associate, reporter, assessor, or monitor; environmental performer, artist, designer, therapist, or similar.

 

Alternative entry pathways

UNSW also offers a Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management. Completion of either of these programs with a credit average or higher, will allow you admission into the Master’s with full credit for courses already completed.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

There are three different streams of the Master of Environmental Management. The stream you apply for will depend on the depth of your prior academic and/or professional experience, and how closely it relates to environmental management.

If you apply for Stream A or Stream B, you may be eligible to have your study recognised via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If your prior study is recognised, credit points can be counted towards the Master of Environmental Management, and you would then be able to complete the coursework undertaking fewer subjects.

For all three streams, you will need to meet the following admission requirements to be considered for entry into the program:


For the 1 year stream (A)

  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%)
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%), plus one year relevant professional experience

For the 1.7 year stream (B)

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%), plus one year relevant professional experience
  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%)For the 2 year stream (C)
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%

For the 2 year stream (C)

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%.

Relevant disciplines include: Geography, environmental humanities, environmental social sciences, environmental art and design, environmental studies, environmental communication, sustainability studies, Indigenous studies, multispecies studies, environmental and urban planning, sustainable architecture and landscape design, environmental policy, urban studies, planetary health, conservation science, environmental engineering, environmental law, environmental management, environmental journalism, environmental economics, natural resource management.

Relevant professional experience includes: Environmental educator, planner, analyst, manager, campaign director, or similar in non-profit or for-profit sector, NGOs, or government; high-responsibility position as environmental activist or advocate; environmental consultant, law associate, reporter, assessor, or monitor; environmental performer, artist, designer, therapist, or similar.

 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

This program is structured to acknowledge and recognise the skills individuals bring to their postgraduate education. More experienced students can undertake a streamlined degree while students with less relevant professional or educational experience will complete the degree in two years full-time.

Full program structure

Each of the following three different streams has full access to the program’s exciting courses. Explore the individual program structure, coursework and course details below:

You’ll graduate from this degree with an in-depth understanding of interrelated environment and society issues at local and global levels, the confidence and skills to rethink and reshape the world, and the ability to partner with others in reparative and regenerative ways.

Our graduates work across a range of creative, challenging, and high-profile roles in environmental and sociocultural change-making in Australia and abroad. Career opportunities include positions in government and non-governmental outreach, sustainable development education, conservation, restoration, and leadership.

Potential careers

  • Environmental Managers
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Field Officers
  • Ecologists
  • Parks and Land Managers
  • Policy Specialists
  • Renewable Energy Specialists
  • Environmental Planners

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$26,880*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$54,000*

^There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$38,160*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$78,800*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university life accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a local or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.  


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

“The variety of the teaching is important. It enables you to have an interdisciplinary approach in any line of work that you will do after the degree.”

Aymeric Maudous

Founder, Lord of the Trees

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