Experience an interdisciplinary approach to Environmental Science.


Environmental issues are many and varied and their successful management requires a new generation of environmental professionals. An interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is essential in this field, requiring the integration of knowledge from biological and earth sciences with training in environmental planning and management.

Why study Environmental Science at UWA?

UWA has a long history of multidisciplinary research into a wide diversity of environmental systems, with unique experience in identifying long-term economic and planning-based solutions built on rigorous understanding of environmental processes.
• Integration of environmental science with human geography and environmental economics
• Access to a broad range of case studies and diverse environments to study
• Flexibility to focus on a specialisation that suits your interests
• Opportunities to undertake fieldwork in a range of terrestrial and marine environments
• Strong links with local industry and the global research networks

Our strengths

• Solution focus
• Adapting to climate change
• Mining and agricultural landscapes
• Environmental sensing and data analytics
• Integrating technical science into decision making
• Advanced Natural Resource Management systems
• Pristine coastline
• Diverse landscapes
• Biodiversity hotspot location
• Flexible course structure
• Connection with industry and government partners
• Research project opportunity with leading academics
• Designing management solutions to promote resilience

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Course description, features and facilities

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.

You must nominate a specialisation on application. The Master of Environmental Science has specialisations in:

You will study the core units for the Master of Environmental Science:

  • ENVT4402 Analysis for Natural Resource Management
  • ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management
  • ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Each specialisation has core units in addition to those listed above, with other units selected as options. Course structure and units can be found via the UWA Handbook.

You may apply to replace the equivalent of half a year’s units with a research project.

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

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

This course has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Student Support Payments. Eligible students can receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement. Further information can be found on the Department of Social Services website.

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Student profile – and Course Coordinator, Matt Hipsey

This is Dr Matt Hipsey, Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth and Environment. His key research is in water quality, ecohydrology, modelling aquatic systems, river basin sustainability and climate change impacts on water resources. He looks forward to welcoming you in the Master of Environmental Science which is one of our flagship postgraduate courses within the Faculty of Science.

Find out more about Matt's research.

Meet our students and graduates and read about what it's like to study science at UWA.

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The Master of Environmental Science is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

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 focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation 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

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.  

Other employment opportunities/roles include:

  • Environmental Officer roles
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Regulatory bodies
  • Environmental Science Consultancy for government
  • Private consultancy
  • Environmental Restoration
  • Land Rehabilitation
  • Marine and Coastal Management
  • Complex decision making in Environmental Management
  • Mining
  • Research 


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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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These pages are under review and are being updated.

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— 

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a relevant bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, 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. 


Additional information

Students may apply to undertake a research project within this degree

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  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):


Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

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Master of Environmental Science: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
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
Central Wing Agriculture Building (M083)
6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
Course code
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