Degree details

In this degree you’ll find your pathway to helping sustain the natural environment and its resources by developing the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams, contribute to policy-making processes and run environmental management systems. 

You can choose to specialise in climate change adaptation, economics and policy, environmental planning, environmental protection or sustainable business.

Climate Change Adaptation: You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the areas of environmental climate change and policy-making. You may find work in the public sector, business or community organisations as an environmental assessment officer, project officer, project manager or policy officer.

Economics and Policy: Addressing the challenge of sustainability has created employment opportunities in environmental economics and policy making across the business, government and community sectors. You may find work as a policy officer, policy advisor, environmental assessment officer or management consultant.

Environmental Protection: You will be equipped with the essential skills in environmental protection policy and practice needed to work in consulting firms and in government agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. Your work will be focused on improving environmental management, quarantine and biosecurity outcomes in careers such as environmental monitoring and compliance officer, environmental assessment officer or project officer.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this program are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and may subsequently apply for registration as a Certification as Environmental Practitioners (CENVP).

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Environment, a student must hold:

  • a Bachelor degree from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with applicants normally having achieved a minimum GPA of 4.5 (using a 7.0 scale) in the Bachelor degree
  • OR a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with applicants normally having achieved a minimum GPA of 4.5 (using a 7.0 scale) in the Bachelor degree (these students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing towards the program)
  • OR the Graduate Certificate in Environment (these students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing towards the program)
  • OR a Bachelor Honours degree in Environmental Science from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing (these students will be eligible for 80 credit points of advanced standing towards the program).

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.

On campus requirements

The Environmental Planning major can not be completed entirely online. Two subjects in this major must be completed on campus, in Brisbane, QLD. These subjects are: Public Involvement and Community Development (7097ENV) and Advanced Urban Planning Law (7328LAW).

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Master of Environment (MEnv), a student must acquire 160 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 40 credit points for the foundation courses
  • gain 20 credit points for the core courses
  • gain 40 credit points for the prescribed courses of a major
  • gain 60 credit points for elective courses.