Master of Environmental Science
Take a 6-month placement to hone your skills
Bolster your passion for environmental science with a 6-month placement. Investigate complex ideas and theories in government and non-government workplaces. Communicate with real professionals and make connections that will last your career.
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At the end of the program, students of the Master of Environmental Science can:
- Reflect critically on a complex body of specialist knowledge and understanding of recent developments and methods applicable to the field of Environmental Science and related disciplines.
- Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills drawn from a broad discipline base to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex ideas, concepts and theories in Environmental Science.
- Apply communication skills to design innovative contributions to professional practice in Environmental Science.
- Use high level self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute a substantial project in Environmental Science.
This course places students with an industry/organisation for their six-month project. The placement will enable students to undertake environmental research/monitoring, reporting and communicating with a partner, as well as getting direct exposure to the nature of the organisation and its priorities. This provides an excellent springboard for employment following this degree. Employment opportunities will be in local government, industry, state, national government and non-government organisations, particularly in the resources sector.
The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.
Special entry may be considered for students with a cognate first degree (or with appropriate experience) who can apply for a reduced course duration:
1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 180 credit points
Admission is based on:
Bachelor degree in a related discipline*, or
Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus five years relevant work experience^, or
Graduate Certificate of Environmental Science (or equivalent), or
Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.
*Related discipline refers to any environmental science / biology related discipline
^Relevant work experience constitutes Senior/Managerial positions to be approved by the Course Coordinator.
Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:
- Bachelor degree; or
- Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
English Proficiency Requirements
English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:
- IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
- Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
- Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
- Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
- Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.
Work Experience requirement
Students will undertake a project with an organisation under supervision of ECU and industry organisation staff.
Students will be expected to participate in a minimum of 456 hours working with an organisation on a project and produce a report on activities.
Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required
Each project will have an agreement for student placement. Each work place will be inspected and the appropriate forms completed indicating it is a safe work environment for students. Every student will be required to complete a risk assessment and management plan as part of the WIL.
If you have completed units of study at University, or have relevant professional experience, you may be eligible for Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (CRPL).
To assess your eligibility for credit, we first need you to apply for and accept an offer in your course of interest with us. You can then submit an Application for Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning via your Student Portal.
This course provides students with skills and experience in environmental science, focusing on project management, occupational health and safety, sustainability, monitoring and reporting.
It provides work experience in relevant organisations within the industry, allowing students to gain an understanding of the management of environmental projects. It also focuses on skills for the environmental, engineering, and sustainability professions and offers flexible study options through on-campus and off-campus study.