The Master of Environment (Environmental Science) degree applies scientific principles to understanding and managing the natural and built environment. This major will suit students who are seeking an interdisciplinary scientific perspective.
In order to qualify for the 200 point Master of Environment (Environmental Science) degree, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline with at least H3 (65%) in the major or equivalent. As part of their degree studies, applicants must have completed at least one quarter of a full-time year of study in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Sciences.
In order to qualify for the 100 point Master of Environment (Environmental Science) degree, applicants must have completed an Honours year, done equivalent independent environmental research equivalent to an Honours, either in the workplace or at another institution at postgraduate level, or have two years full time environmental work experience. Exceptions and suitability of these entry requirements are subject to the discretion of the Major Coordinator and Office for Environmental Programs Selection Committee.
Graduates from this major should be well-placed to offer leadership through a solid understanding of environmental modelling, monitoring and assessment techniques, and application of technologies. The core subjects in this major will provide an overview of environmental models in use; the skills required to model environmental systems and processes; an introduction to the construction and mathematical analysis of environmental models; and an ability to analyse and evaluate environmental issues.
Through the subjects offered in this major, you will be able to describe major current global environmental challenges facing scientists and policy-makers; discuss the relevance of a range of scientific disciplines to environmental management including meterology, ecology, toxicology, hydrology, geology and epidemiology; analyse scientific evidence and arguments including empirical observation and analysis, modelling and use of expert opinion; and judging the merit of scientific arguments made in environmental policy documents.
Careers in environmental science may be in both public and private sectors and companies concerned with environmental management, environmental policy and management positions, and non-government conservation and environmental agencies.
This program is run in conjuction with the Melbourne Graduate School of Science.