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Master of Environmental Science - Coursework

Experience an interdisciplinary approach to Environmental Science.


Environmental issues are many and varied. An interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is essential in this field, meaning that both the biological and earth sciences and studies in environmental planning and management are included.

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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.

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.

The Master of Environmental Science has specialisations in:

  • Environmental Management
  • Geographic Information Science and Environmental Management
  • Land and Water Management
  • Marine and Coastal Management

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.

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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 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.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

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

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.

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

How to apply

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


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


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  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 2015
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
The University of Western Australia Central Wing Agriculture Building (M083) 35 Stirling Highway CRAWLEY WA 6009
6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
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