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Master of Environmental Science - Coursework

Enhance your skills and knowledge of an area in environmental science by completing a Masters with a specialisation in Environmental Management; Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management; Land and Water Management or Marine and Coastal Management.


Environmental scientists assess the impact of human activity and develop scientific, risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable global environment.

An interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is essential in this field, meaning that both the biological and earth sciences are encompassed within the course, as well as studies in environmental planning and management.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

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Course description, features and facilities

Environmental issues are many and varied, and an interdisciplinary approach is followed in the teaching of this course.

The Master of Environmental Science will prepare you to deal with issues such as climate change, carbon trading, greenhouse gas emissions, water resource management, competition for land use, salinity, land degradation and rehabilitation, flora and fauna, habitat destruction, deforestation, energy and mineral depletion, air and water pollution, soil erosion, and groundwater contamination.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in environmental science and is supported by the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Initiative, the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Biodiversity Conservation Centre and the Ecosystem Restoration Laboratory.

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The Master of Environmental Science consists of coursework units to a total value of 72 points and a 24 point research project (96 points). Students complete both core units and optional units chosen from within one of the following specialisations:

Career opportunities

Environmental Science graduates may find employment in a range of areas including commonwealth and state departments and agencies responsible for the environment, water, conservation, climate change policy, agriculture and food, and primary industries.

Other employers are private sector firms working in the resources sector and non-government organisations such as Landcare.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Master of Environmental Science can pursue further studies in research including the Master of Science by Thesis and Coursework in, for example, Environmental Science, Environmental Economics, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management or Water Management and Hydrology.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

A UWA bachelor's degree with a relevant major, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

Please note: Students may apply to undertake a research project within this degree.

English competency

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

For application deadlines, please visit

How to apply

Submit a completed application form


Annual fee: $8475.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information


On this page

  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

Apply online

Contact details - admission information

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Master of Environmental Science - Coursework: the details

Available 2014
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years
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Science Student Office
Agricultural Central building
6488 7333
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