Develop knowledge and skills needed to successfully participate in the growing ecotourism (or nature-based) industry

Introduction

The Master of Ecotourism provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the growing ecotourism (or nature-based) industry. A distinctive feature of the course is that it is delivered in Albany, in the south-west of Western Australia, an area that is known to be one of the most environmentally diverse, culturally rich regions with an impressive range of natural outdoor recreational opportunities and strong tourism industry partners. The environmental and social impacts of ecotourism are explored through selected case studies.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Ecotourism has a strong emphasis on field work, industry case studies and the development of partnerships with the tourism industry. Graduates will have the ability to manage existing ecotourism enterprises sustainably, as well as design and implement new ventures. Graduates will also be culturally aware and have knowledge of environmental law and policy pertinent to ecotourism.

Key Features

  • Only postgraduate course of its kind offered in Western Australia
  • Partnerships with local tourism operators and businesses ensure a deep understanding of the ecotourism industry and sustainable business practices to prepare for real-life situation
  • UWA Albany's location - in one of the most environmentally diverse, culturally rich regions with an impressive range of natural outdoor recreational opportunities and strong potential tourism industry partners - makes it a perfect fit Covers exciting multidisciplinary material on understanding biodiversity and landscapes, cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge, interpretation and science communication and environmental law, policy and planning
  • Covers exciting multidisciplinary material on understanding biodiversity and landscapes, cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge, interpretation and science communication and environmental law, policy and planning
  • No science and business background required

The course structure and units are available at UWA Handbook.

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students.

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Student profile – and Course Coordinator, Barbara Cook

Dr Barbara Cook has extensive experience in the collection, analysis and interpretation of river and wetland biological and biodiversity data in WA, especially in the South Coast and South West NRM Regions. She has published over 100 papers, book chapters, reports and conference presentations on various aspects of the ecology of rivers and the biology and genetics of in-stream fauna. She is currently engaged in several projects which involve the determination of the ecological character of WA waterways and wetlands. She is presently investigating the ecological values of South Coast rivers in partnership with the WA Dept of Water. Barbara also has extensive experience in researching the systematics and biogeography of selected components of biodiversity.Find out more about Barbara.

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Structure

The Master of Ecotourism is offered by coursework.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

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Career opportunities

You will find employment at a range of commercial ecotourism enterprises both locally and abroad, as well as government agencies (e.g. Department of Parks and Wildlife), and could also become consultants.

You will also be in a position to open your own businesses in ecotourism.

Nature-based tourism is the number one motivator for international and domestic travellers to travel in Australia according to Tourism Australia research. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization, recently highlighted the growing trend of consumers demanding more destinations and products that match their expectations as responsible and ethical. Australia is one of the leading nations in this type of tourism.

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Further study opportunities

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

 

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):

Fees

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Master of Ecotourism - Coursework and Dissertation: the details

Status
Available 2016
Locations offered
Albany
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
Please refer to the UWA handbook 
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
The University of Western Australia Central Wing Agriculture Building (M083) 35 Stirling Highway CRAWLEY WA 6009
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6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
Course code
73510
CRICOS Code
084737G
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