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Master of Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management

Course code: 3090 ~ Course abbreviation: MCorpEnv&SusMgt ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This is an innovative masters program designed to meet the growing need for skilled professionals that have competencies in both business and environmental/sustainability management and who understand the nexus between the two. It is vocationally oriented and flexible, to accommodate students who have only business or environmental backgrounds, people with significant industry experience, and people wishing to move into the field. It includes a research component, which can be completed as a workplace or internship. The program draws on the faculty's highly regarded research program in corporate sustainability and socially responsible investment.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Students complete 72 points, including a minimum of 24 points at level 5, comprising a set of core units (24 points), elective units (24-48 points), and for those who qualify, final project(s) (12-24 points). Students have the option of focusing their electives according to defined themes - trade, law, international development and agribusiness - or choosing electives from across these themes.

Course requirements

Core units

  • BTX4100 Corporate environmental responsibility (6 points)
  • ENV4020 Perspectives on environment and sustainability (6 points)
  • ENV437E Corporate sustainability management (6 points)
  • ENV441E Sustainability measurement (6 points)

Research and internship project units

  • GYM5460 Minor internship project (12 points)
  • GYM5470 Major internship project (24 points)
  • GYM5480 Research project (12 points)
  • GYM5490 Major research project (24 points)

All students planning to undertake a final project (GYM5460, GYM5470, GYM5480 or GYM5490) must gain a distinction average or above in core and elective units in the course, or permission of the course coordinator. For student who have not attained a distinction average, an additional 12 points of coursework electives may be substituted for the Final Project units.

Elective units

Students should contact the School of Geography and Environmental Science for details of elective units available.

Exit points

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management, or after successful completion of 48 points with a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management.

Course coordinator

Ms Wendy Stubbs