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Master of Environment


Faculty of Science and Engineering
Master of Environment (MEnv)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• GPA of 4.50 (out of 7.00)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1 year - 2 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 64
Minimum number of credit points at 600 level 16
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

600 level

12cp from
ENVS units at 600 level
Recognition for prior learning on admission (up to 12cp)*
4cp from
GEOP units at 600 level
Ecology (4)
IT and the Future of Society (4)
Introductory Statistics (4)
Recognition for prior learning on admission (up to 4cp)*

800 level

Environmental Measurement and Analysis (4)
20cp from
Science in Environmental Management (4)
Introduction to Geographic Information Science for Postgraduates (4)
Environmental Planning (4)
Environmental Research Report (4)
Sustainability Consultancy Work Practice (4)
Environmental Decision Making (4)
12cp from
Air and Water Quality (4)
Coastal Environmental Science (4)
Sustainable Development: Introductory Principles and Practices (4)
Pollution Control and Waste Management (4)
Management of Degraded Environments (4)
Attitudes to the Environment (4)
4cp from
Climate Change and The Climate System (4)
Environmental Economics (4)
Environmental Health (4)
Environmental Research Report (4)
Sustainability Consultancy Work Practice (4)
Environmental Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing (4)
Environmental Impact Assessment (4)
8cp from
BIOL units at 800 level
ENVS units at 800 level
GEOP units at 800 level
GEOS units at 800 level
Environmental Communication (4)
* Students are assessed on admission for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If eligible RPL will be granted as a block of 4cp, 8cp, 12cp or 16cp as applicable.
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 084700K
Overview and Aims of the Program The Master of Environment is a multidisciplinary program oriented towards understanding and responding to issues emerging around human-environment interactions. Students gain skills and knowledge regarding the social and bio-physical drivers of environmental change and are trained in seeking solutions. Macquarie offers a broad range of multidisciplinary subjects to choose from which enables students to develop holistic understandings of the environment that involve both social and physical sciences while also enabling specialisation in particular fields. Our graduates are trained to address the ongoing and emerging environmental challenges of the twenty first century.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. display specialised knowledge and advanced understanding of environmental science (K)
2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of disciplinary methodologies in physical environmental science and ecology (K)
3. apply a range of research methodologies to environmental measurement and analysis (T, P, I)
4. formulate and apply environmental solutions in the framework of scientific and socio-managerial concepts (J, P, A).
5. explain the perspectives and value of diverse disciplines to environmental management, including environmental science (K, T, P, C)
6. describe and explain the diversity of interests and values that underlie environmental management, and knowledge of how to identify them (K, C, E, J)
7. employ insights from technical, political and managerial perspectives to guide environmental management practice (K, T, P, J)
8. critically assess a range of research methods capable of leading to original insights into environmental management issues (T, P, J).

9. critically and analytically integrate the principles of environmental science and measurement to environmental assessment (T, I)
10. interpret, analyse and critically evaluate environmental reports and plans (J, L)
11. demonstrate practical fieldwork skills working on large team research projects (T, P)
12. effectively communicate environmental science orally and in writing (C)
13. confidently collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to eventuate positive professional outcomes (E, A).
14. synthesise insights from diverse perspectives (including social and environmental sciences, and stakeholder experience) to make environmental management decisions (T, P, C, E, J)
15. demonstrate a mastery of diverse environmental management tools to improve environmental outcomes in socio-ecological systems (K, P, E)
16. develop innovative responses to environmental management problems and opportunities based on advanced knowledge of the discipline (T, P, E, J)
17. communicate analyses of environmental management issues in presentations and reports, to a variety of audiences, in an appropriate professional style (C, E).
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Our graduates can build successful careers across all levels of the government sector, non-government organisations, community organisations, consultancies and the corporate sector.

• Catchment Management Authorities
• community organisations
• consultancies
• Federal and State Environment departments
• NSW Environmental Protection Authority
• NSW Department of Primary Industries
• industries dealing with minerals, energy, waste recycling and management, air quality, water quality and climate change science and management
• Marine Parks Authority
• non-government organisations.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148