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Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for research master's candidates refer to the Handbook for Research Master's DegreesHandbook for Research Master's Degrees (


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.


Students, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in the student's chosen discipline, including attending and/or presenting at seminars, undertaking any required coursework studies and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of 20,000 to 25,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners

(c.) complete core and elective units as detailed below.

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 must 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.

Units can be identified via the index of units by faculty at or by browsing units at


Master of Environmental Science by Research and Coursework