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Monash University

Master of Environmental Science by research and coursework

Course code: 2702 ~ Course abbreviation: MEnvSci ~ 1.5years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

Studies in environmental science are concerned with the relationships between humans and their biogeological contexts with the aim of integrating the two with the insights offered by both the humanities and the sciences. Environmental science recognises the interdependence of humans and the rest of nature and research emphasises the processes and impacts of human environment interactions, policy development and implications, and the implementation of management strategies favourable to the environment.

The course has been designed to both broaden and deepen students' existing knowledge, providing intensive interdisciplinary as well as disciplinary research training in either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science. In addition to research in an area of specific interest, through core coursework the course offers insight into the ideological, philosophical and disciplinary approaches to environment and sustainability, and provides experience in the interdisciplinary team-based research which is an essential component of training in this area. Elective units offer a complement to candidates' prior studies.

Supervision may be within either the School of Geography and Environmental Science or the Faculty of Science.

Minimum pass grade

The minimum pass grade for core units in the Master of Environmental Science by research and coursework is 60C, ie a grade of credit or above is required in every core unit and for the thesis. The minimum pass grade for elective units is a credit average.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 24 points of coursework:

Core units

  • ENV5020 Perspectives on environment and sustainability (6 points)

and one of:

  • ENV5030 Environmental Analysis (6 points)
  • ENV5040 Frontiers in Sustainability and Environment (6 points)
  • ENV5050 Environmental Governance and Citizenship (6 points)


  • electives chosen from available level 5 units (12 points) from either the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science, or from other universities
  • a thesis of 20,000 to 25,000 words (supervised within either the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science).

Contact details

Course coordinator

Dr Sharron Pfueller