Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMEnvSc (Res&Cw)
CRICOS code054587K
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Studies in environmental science are concerned with the relationships between humans and their biogeological contexts with the aim of integrating the two through 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. The selection of elective units offers a complement to candidates' prior studies.

Research component

66 per cent


This course consists of a research thesis (supervised by staff within either the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science), two 6-point core units and 12 points of electives.


Core units

  • APG5425 Perspectives on environment and sustainability

and one of:

  • APG5426 Environmental analysis
  • APG5427 Frontiers in sustainability and environment
  • APG5428 Environmental governance and citizenship

Elective units

Students complete 12 points of elective/s chosen from available level five units from either the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science, or from other Monash faculties and/or other universities.


Students complete a thesis of 20,000 to 25,000 words.


Master of Environmental Science by Research and Coursework