Master of Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences) (K7J4)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 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

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
The ongoing sustainable development of our society requires skilled people with the knowledge and capacity to provide innovative, data led solutions to complex environmental management challenges.

Professionals who can combine an understanding of our environment, both past and present, with the need to manage sustainable development of urban and natural areas. Graduates of this degree will be able to monitor and understand changes to environments over time, including forests, rivers, marshes or wetlands, and then work with planners to both protect what remains, and aim to reverse negative changes in collaboration with sustainable growth.

This specialist degree combines the University of Tasmania’s key strengths in both environmental management and spatial sciences, for which we’re ranked in the Top 100* globally. The use of spatial data, knowledge and information is central to approaching environmental management challenges at scale over coming decades.

Your learning experience makes you career ready by blending practical experiences across environmental management and spatial sciences through well-balanced fieldwork in Tasmania’s living laboratory, and class room teaching with the use of leading-edge industry standard field and computing equipment such as our drone lab.

"Is this the degree for me?"

The course attracts people who love to work in both indoor and outdoor environment in solving the environmental management problems. It is highly suitable for both those who wish to develop new spatial sciences skills as well as those who are looking to refresh or up-skill to continue growing to the next stages in their career.

*Ranked in Top 100 in Remote Sensing in the ARWU Subject Rankings 2019

This course provides in-depth knowledge and skills in creating data driven, collaborative solutions to complex environmental problems. The spatial knowledge and skills you develop will help you to become a global citizen who can adapt and enhance the cultural, Indigenous, natural and physical values in landscapes.

Our approach in building up spatially enabled and skilled graduates involves a unique combination of skills, knowledge and experience to understand environmental processes across both space and time, aka: spatial sciences. We develop your knowledge base from environmental science, policy, social science and other relevant disciplines.

Our graduates have both an understanding and empathy for environmental management and the skills to collect, analyse and visualise data so they can make productive planning contributions across scales, both time and size.

CLO1to understand the sources of spatial data, methods of spatial data collection, data quality issues, and the processes required to effectively import, manage, visualise, analyse and present spatial datasets.

CLO2to design geographical information systems that take into account different data, information, and knowledge from various disciplines.

CLO3to practice in the discipline of geography and spatial sciences by ethical means, applying evidence-based knowledge and research techniques, including those associated with field work.

CLO4to communicate perspectives and knowledge in environmental and spatial sciences to specialist and non-specialist audiences using written, oral, cartographic, and other visual means.

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 industry

Local experts are invited as both guest lecturers and on field-trips across multiple units to demonstrate the state-of-the-art industry practices in the field of environmental management and spatial sciences that Tasmania is known for. Through these engagements, you will have opportunities to tackle the real-world problems and solve them, such as extracting geo-information from spatial data to inform decision makers in solving the pressing local problems that have global relevance, like urban mobility and bush-fire risk management.

Unmatched field and site experiences

Field experience is also applied throughout your studies. You will have opportunities to immerse yourself in Tasmania’s living laboratory as you conduct spatial oriented environmental field work both with our world class teaching staff, and industry partners. You will produce live data that is then brought into the laboratories for analysis and contributes to ongoing monitoring of some of Tasmania’s most pristine areas.

Through guest lecturers and site visits you will see first-hand examples of locations and industries that use environmental management and spatial science knowledge to inform their operations. These are all easily accessible in Tasmania, often being no more than an hour from campus.

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!

Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to work with Tasmanian agencies and analyse local environmental data sets, contributing to ongoing environmental management programs, providing genuine project experience, and creating networking opportunities that can lead to local opportunities for employment in Tasmania.

Your learning experiences also includes a range of case studies and industry engagement sessions with a range of Tasmanian businesses and government departments who are active in the environmental management and spatial sciences field, and who contextualise your classroom theory through real life examples.

The information and spatial knowledge developed with local exposure and authentic learning in mind develops adaptable skills and knowledge that will help you find work elsewhere in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Our graduates are in high demand across all areas of the environmental management sector where there is a need of delivering spatial analysis and data visualisation of environmental processes to support decision making in conserving and managing natural, rural and urban environments.

Careers can be found in government at all levels, private consultancy, and community organisations, both in well-developed countries and cities as well as developing areas that are looking to integrate this knowledge to make good development decisions.

Through rich Tasmanian case study examples on environmental management, you will develop an applied understanding on landscape diversity and associated environmental processes. These understandings will help you to translate the knowledge and skills from this course in different locations, taking what you learn with us to your home location, or anywhere else around the world. For example, Tasmanian bushfire planning and management is very well established, from bushfire planning considerations in housing development, to active management of live fires to minimise damage and protect both people and property, and vital/endangered protected areas. Fires are happening with increasing frequency around the world, so our world-leading experience becomes your globally relevant learning environment.

Students coming into this degree may be looking to step into the environmental management and spatial sciences sector, or be looking to take on foundational knowledge and improve the next steps in their career. Regardless of your background, the skills and knowledge delivered by this degree also provide a solid foundation for progressing to environmental management positions where you control projects and multi-disciplinary teams.

Students completing the thesis pathway of this course can also apply to undertake a PhD in Geomatic Engineering, Geography and Spatial Sciences, and other related fields.

Professional Recognition

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of this degree, you have the opportunity to join professional bodies in both environmental management and spatial sciences. Our graduates can also become members of bodies related to the field, such as the Ecological Society of Australia, and Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI).

Course structure

This degree may be completed in 4 or 3 semesters depending on level of qualifications on entry, and your discipline preparedness.

Units in this degree contribute either 12.5 or 25 credit points per unit to your total. Look at the individual unit details below to see the specific information for that unit.

4 Semester Structure

A total of 200 credit points made up of the following:

First semester – 50 credit points comprised of units in Schedule A. Noting that a maximum of 25 credit points can be contributed by level 200 units.

Second two semesters - 100 credit points comprised of units in Schedule B.

Final semester - 50 credit points comprised of paired units in Schedule C. This can be the Research Pathway, or Professional Pathway. To be eligible for the Research Pathway you must achieve a coursework average of equal to or above 65%.

3 Semester Structure

A total of 150 credit points made up of the following:

First two semesters - 100 credit points comprised of units in Schedule B.

Final semester - 50 credit points comprised of paired units in Schedule C. This can be the Research Pathway, or Professional Pathway. To be eligible for the Research Pathway you must achieve a coursework average of equal to or above 65%.

Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences

Australia's accelerating engagement with Asia requires a capacity to understand our northern neighbours, empathise with them, and relate to and work with them.In this unit you will have opportunities to understand the nature of the physical environment of selected parts…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The physical and living aspects of the global environment interact to produce the extraordinary variety of landscapes, environments and species that occupy this planet. This unit highlights the interplay and conservation of these processes so that they continue to maintain…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Effective management of the natural environment is one of the most important challenges of our time. This field-based unit develops the abilities to describe and assess the conservation status of natural terrestrial ecosystems. Through field data collection, lectures, and a…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (late)
LauncestonSpring school (late)
Cradle CoastSpring school (late)

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

Society needs professional environmental managers who have the knowledge and skills to effectively tackle problems of sustainable resource use and biodiversity conservation. Environmental managers also play an important role in helping communities identify and move towards sustainable and just futures.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

Conservation of geological features and landscapes is a global priority. This unit considers strategies to sample, understand, and address geoconservation and geotourism issues. By way of a series of field-based and problem-based learning experiences, the following skills and knowledge will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

A unit essential for those working towards a career managing natural environments and people in protected areas. For those with other vocational interests, the unit is a way to learn about natural ecosystems and the principles of conservation management. Fire,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSummer school

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, and involve landowners and the community. Landscapes can be wilderness areas, rural areas with highly varied land use or urban areas. Whatever their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit provides an introduction to legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment, environmental auditing, environmental management systems and related environmental management tools. We cover the practical aspects of environmental management for Tasmanian, Australian and international contexts.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit is designed to assist students to meet the requirements of postgraduate coursework study at an Australian university. It is of particular benefit to students who are recently returning to study and international students. Studio workshops are held on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

Geographic Information Science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in a wide range of disciplines to investigate, analyse, and communicate spatial information. This unit covers the underlying theory/concepts of GIS, application areas, the use of commercial GIS software, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit will give you advanced skills in the analysis and presentation of spatial data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). There is an increasing demand for graduates with strong skills in spatial data analysis, particularly in the context of environmental…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit focuses on advanced aspects of spatial data analysis, including practical aspects of developing software scripts for GIS analysis and customisation. This unit will start with a field excursion where you will collect your own point sample data with…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit introduces you to theoretical and practical foundations of remote sensing. The unit starts with the physics of remote sensing including the concepts of electromagnetic energy and the interaction of energy with the atmosphere and the earth surface. We…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit will provide you with high-level theoretical knowledge and practical skills in image analysis techniques, such as geometric image correction, image filters, texture measures, vegetation indices, LiDAR point cloud filtering, classification algorithms, object-based image analysis, change detection, and accuracy…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit provides you an understanding of the mathematical principles of photogrammetry and their application to a variety of spatial measurement tasks, particularly airborne topographic mapping, but also terrestrial methods employed in disciplines such as engineering, architecture, and archaeology. Key…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

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

How do our cultural and individual values influence our environmental practice? How are environmental practices political? In this unit, students will explore how values and politics influence historical and contemporary environmental management. This unit will also examine ways in which…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

Research Pathway
    

Through the production of an original research thesis the aims of this unit are to:1. encourage students to develop the ability to acquire relevant information on a particular field from the published literature and to synthesize a systematic and logical…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

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

See KGA706.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

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

    
Professional Pathway
    

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

Entry requirements

This degree may be completed in 3 or 4 semesters depending on level of qualifications on entry, and discipline preparedness of the specific candidate. All applicants must:

  1. demonstrate their qualification was conferred no longer that 10 years previously;
  2. provide a written statement of purpose outlining the reasons for their chosen specialisation. Please note that the statement must be no more than 500 words in length and be written in your own words.

3 Semester Prerequisites

A Bachelor degree in a science field with a major in Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

4 Semester Prerequisites

A Bachelor degree in a science related area, and some background (e.g. minor sequence) in Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College.

If you are an international student

International students must provide an IELTS (Academic) test score of at least Band 6 with a minimum of 6.0 on all bands. 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 Geomatic Engineering, Geography and Spatial Sciences, 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): $62,983 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $30,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

This Masters course is not approved by DEEWR for student income support payments (i.e. Youth Allowance and Austudy)

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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