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Monash University

Master of Environment and Sustainability

Course code: 3783 ~ Course abbreviation: MEnv&Sust ~ 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 course is designed to meet the needs of graduates from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds who wish to enhance their qualifications for careers in environmental policy and analysis, planning, consulting, education, advocacy and management. It is also designed for those who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding and experience to enable societal and individual change and responsible action to support sustainability. Its comprehensive set of core units provides knowledge and skills to critically analyse problems of environment and sustainability and to propose realistic solutions in both personal and professional settings. Research projects and internships give students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary real-world contexts and to combine theory and practice in responding to local and global issues at individual, community, corporate and government levels. Electives cater for a wide range of specialised needs and interests.

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 must satisfactorily complete 72 points of study, comprising a maximum of 48 points of level 4 units and a minimum of 24 points of level 5 units and including core units and electives and for those who qualify, either an internship or a research project. All units are worth six points unless otherwise indicated.

Course requirements

Core units

Students will complete the following core units (a total of 24-36 points):

  • ENV4020 Perspectives on environment and sustainability
  • ENV4030 Environmental analysis
  • ENV4040 Frontiers in sustainability and environment
  • ENV5050 Environmental governance and citizenship

Plus one of the following:*

    *In order to undertake a final project (ENV533E or GYM5480.html">GYM5480) students must gain a distinction average or above in the core and elective units, and/or permission of the course coordinator. For students who have not attained a distinction average, an additional 12 points of coursework electives may be substituted.

Elective units

Students will complete 24-48 points of electives. If a student's background does not provide knowledge in certain areas, electives would include one or more of the following, chosen in consultation with the course coordinator:

  • ENV414F Ecological systems and management
  • GES4890 Earth systems: From biogeochemical cycles to global change
  • ENV415F Law and the environment
  • ENV416F Introduction to economics

The School of Geography and Environmental Science can provide a list of other electives offered across the university. If required, electives may be chosen from level three offerings, but only to a maximum of 12 points.

Exit points

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

Course coordinator

Dr Sharron Pfueller