Master of Environmental Management (S7D)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 1.5 Years, up to a maximum of 4 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Full Fee Paying places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1.5 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

“I moved to Tasmania to do this course because of the wonderful natural environments, the interesting mix of industries, and the hands on experience, while giving me at the same time the necessary knowledge, tools and experience I needed to better understand how natural systems work and to improve the sustainability of our environmental management .”

Luis Mora
Master of Environmental Management student
Tasmania, and the University of Tasmania, has a long history of leading the world in environmental management, going back to the creation of the Centre for Environmental Studies at the dawn of environmental politics in the early 1970s.

More recently, it has an emphasis on biodiversity management and sustainable practices because of the strengths of our key teaching staff. We specialise in giving students deep connections to Tasmania’s unique history in environmental management through nationally recognised staff, such as multi-award-winning ecologist, Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, and industry connected environmental planner, Dr Emma Pharo.

Our experience in creating, managing and exporting best-practice environmental management policies over half a century will give you the skills and knowledge the world needs to move to a sustainable future. This engaged, practical approach informs our teaching, and ultimately the industry and field experience we deliver help set our graduates apart.

Environmental managers work around the world tackling a wide range of challenges with global relevance, and local impacts. This can include threatened species management in both developed and developing countries, creating practical solutions and best-practice policy for waste management issues, and addressing complex problems like climate change through a myriad of practical, community-based initiatives.

Small class sizes and an intimate connection with both our environment and local environmental management agencies provides significant flexibility to customise your study experience  and projects towards your desired environmental management path. Before you start your course, you meet with the course coordinator to tailor a degree that builds on your individual interests and strengths in the environmental management sector.

"Is this the degree for me?"

The degree attracts people who are refreshing or upskilling their environmental management credentials, as well as those who do not have a background in the field but who would like to work in environmental management. You can study on campus, online, or a blend of both, and practical experiences can be flexible to work around your professional and personal commitments.

We educate management professionals who are evidence-based and adaptive in their efforts to enhance the cultural, Indigenous, natural and physical values in landscapes. We do this through a broad, interdisciplinary approach that includes science, politics, policy, social science and spatial science knowledge and skills.

The course encourages you to apply your existing skills as well as reinforces aspirations to develop new skills and modes of thought in order to tackle environmental problems, You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of natural and cultural values; approaches to managing ecosystems; the social, cultural and institutional contexts in which environments are managed; and methods used to address issues associated with biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

Emphasis is placed on integrating contributions from the bio-physical and social sciences, and our graduates have practical environmental management skills and knowledge to make a real difference in the world as part of collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams.

CLO1: to analyse environmental problems through data gathering and synthesis that is relevant to different scales and stakeholders.

CLO2: to design environmental management plans that take into account different knowledge and disciplines.

CLO3: to practice in the profession of environmental management by recognising legal, ethical and cultural norms.

CLO4: to disseminate environmental management output to a variety of stakeholders.

To prepare you for the collaborative nature of your future career, this course provides several opportunities to interact with professionals from council, state government, industry or not-for-profit organisations, all who contribute practical expertise and advice to your learning experience.

Engagement with sector professionals

Tasmania offers a unique opportunity to engage across sectors, government, private and public, at all levels, to learn practical methods for environmental management. No solution is created in isolation, and take a combination of disciplines from geography, chemistry, engineering, business, politics and more, everyone having input.

Close connections with major conservation groups like the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and others across NGOs, private operators, and government departments like Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Learning from the people who do this day to day, giving both an unmatched realism to what you’re learning, as well as building networks that you will leverage far into the future.

Unmatched professional engagement and career preparation

An important component of the course is several opportunities to undertake work that is highly practical, often through engaging with a real client. The capstone experience of this practical focus is the professional placement with an environmental management partner. However, many parts of the unit involve current case studies and work in the sector, often with a professional from council, state government, industry or a not-for-profit contributing expertise and advice.

You can engage through distance and online learning, and both modes require a high level of personal, academic, intellectual and professional engagement. Reflective of the careers in this sector, we support our students to work autonomously, as well as in diverse teams with people who are likely to have a different academic and personal backgrounds.

This team work is enhanced by the strong involvement of Tasmanian environmental management professionals. Student diversity and external engagement are both important features because they mimic the challenging professional environment where graduates need to be able to communicate at a high level with people who may not share their values and perspective.

Tasmania is literally a living laboratory

The University of Tasmania has with six diverse ecosystems all within 30 minutes of the Sandy Bay campus, and the world’s second largest temperate rainforest only an hour away. We’re the gateway to Antarctica and, as the birthplace of the green movement, celebrate our biodiversity and environmental sustainability.

Many of your classes will be conducted outside in this natural environment, and your proximity to a wide range of pristine, diverse environments, and the researchers who travel from around the world to work in them, give you unparalleled practical field experience while you study. Plus, it makes Tasmania an amazing place to live!

Our emphasis on work integrated learning means that both classroom and practical field experiences have been designed with employment and authentic learning in mind. The Professional Placement experience is a core component of the degree where you spend at least 80 hours getting some firsthand insights in what it’s like to work for one of our local environmental management partners. In additional to valuable practical industry experience, this can lead to local opportunities for students who are seeking employment in Tasmania.

Long standing collaborations with Tasmanian environmental management professionals mean that you will meet experienced environmental managers and work through case studies and local issues as part your entire degree. This includes both in the classroom, as well as in the field reviewing and contributing to ongoing environmental management practices right here in Tasmania.

We are also associated internationally with organisations such as the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand that are actively working to upskill emerging professionals across multiple countries, providing connections and networking that can help in your future career.

Career outcomes

Environmental management is a global concern, and the practical, sector connected skills and knowledge you develop here in Tasmania can be applied to any community around the world.

We use the strengths of our diverse student cohort to understand environmental management challenges in other places, leveraging both from our own living laboratory and diverse student experiences to make your learning real and applicable to the real world. This is done through case study work that allows students to tap into their own experience and motivations

The degree attracts people who are refreshing or upskilling their environmental management credentials, as well as those who do not have a background in the field but who would like to work in environmental management. As a result, our graduates gain employment in all areas of the environmental management sector, including all levels of government, private consultancy, not for profits, and community organisations. This is because Tasmania’s diverse landscapes deliver practical skills and an ability to understand complex landscapes in ways that are transferrable across industries, and to locations around the world.

Students completing the thesis pathway (KGA742/743) of the Master can apply to undertake a PhD in environmental management related fields.

Professional Recognition

Due to the broad nature of environmental management, there is currently no single body that accredits environmental professionals in Australia. Our graduates can become members of a diverse range of related bodies such as the Ecological Society of Australia and Australasian Land and Groundwater Association.

In addition, our close partners in the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand have recently commenced an accreditation program and UTAS are actively collaborating ensure our teaching remains best-practice, and we look to create future accreditation opportunities.

Course structure

This degree may be completed in 3 semesters with the completion of 150 credit points of study. Units in this degree contribute 25 credit points per unit to your total.

You will first complete 100 credit points of study from coursework units. These units also make up the Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Environmental Management) degree, and you can exit with this qualification if you choose (see Articulation From section under Entry Requirements below)

You then complete the Master of Environmental Management with 50 credit points of study comprising either an Independent Research Stream or Professional Research Practice Stream. To be eligible for the Independent Research Stream you must achieve a coursework average of equal to or above 65%.

Schedule

This unit develops an understanding of how instruments of power and organisation can be shaped through effective planning and management, to foster sustainable systems of production and consumption. We begin our journey by examining the concept and interpretations of sustainable…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you choose a government or private sector organisation with which you negotiate your placement where, approved by the University, you will work on one or more practical tasks under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional. You…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The conservation of nature needs to occur at the landscape scale as well as within protected areas. Landscapes can be wilderness areas, rural areas with highly varied land use or urban areas. Whatever their type, there are landscape processes, both…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with a practical understanding of key systems for protected area planning and management. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are considered. The global context of protected areas is analysed, including issues of definition, scope and governance.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    
Independent Research Stream

The research project comprises one third (50% of 150%) of the requirements for the Master of Environmental Management (S7D) or Master of Environmental Planning (S7U) degrees and one quarter (50% of 200%) of the requirements for the Master of Planning…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The research project comprises one third (50% of 150%) of the requirements for the Master of Environmental Management (S7D) or Master of Environmental Planning (S7U) degrees and one quarter (50% of 200%) of the requirements for the Master of Planning…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 
Professional Research Practice Stream

This unit provides postgraduate students with the skills and knowledge to undertake independent and team research in environmental management, planning, protected area governance, spatial sciences and beyond. This unit’s interdisciplinary approach builds capacity for undertaking research in diverse workplaces. Upon…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides postgraduate students with the skills and knowledge to undertake independent and team research in environmental management, planning, protected area governance, spatial sciences and beyond. This practical skills development focuses on undertaking research to problem-solve a topical real-world…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    
Note:  the Independent Research stream requires a coursework average of equal to or above 65%
Note:  KGA742 and KGA743 can only be taken following completion of at least 50% of the coursework units
Note:  Candidates with prior professional planning experience can apply to the Course Coordinator to replace KGA513 with KGA581.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this degree you must have:

  • An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline with an average of Credit or better, or
  • Tertiary qualifications deemed by the University of Tasmania to be equivalent.

Note that a grade of Credit (CR) or better must be achieved in at least a 50% of coursework units of this degree in order to proceed to the thesis component of the Masters. Candidates failing to meet with this requirement will be transferred into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Environmental Management) as an exit point.

If you are an international student

International students must provide an IELTS (Academic) test score of at least Band 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0. For full details refer to English Language Requirements.

How to apply for a credit transfer

You can apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing as part of the standard online application process for this degree.

For more information on credit transfers, contact us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online.

The course fully articulates from the Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours Environmental Management).

This one year degree has Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for domestic students, which means that you can complete the first year coursework component of the Master degree first  before choosing if you will continue by taking the final two, full-fee Independent Research Stream or Professional Research Practice Stream units and graduating with a Master degree.

To be eligible for the Independent Research Stream you must achieve a coursework average of equal to or above 65%.

Students completing the thesis pathway of this course can also apply to undertake a PhD in Environmental Management, and other related fields.

See “Articulation from” section above.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

International students

2020 Total Course Fee (international students): $48,484 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $31,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Scholarships for domestic students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

Scholarships for international students

There is a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

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International
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