Master of Ecotourism (coursework and dissertation)

The multidisciplinary Master of Ecotourism degree provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the growing ecotourism, or nature-based tourism industry. The course has a strong emphasis on hands-on field work and the development of partnerships with the tourism industry. On successful completion of the course, students will have the ability to manage existing ecotourism enterprises sustainably, design and implement new ventures, and embark on a research career in ecotourism. The variety of subjects studied include ecotourism in theory and practice, understanding biodiversity and landscapes, cultural heritage and Indigenous knowledge, interpretation and science communication, and environmental policy and planning. The environmental and social impacts of ecotourism are explored through selected case studies.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Ecotourism (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MEcoT
Course code
73510
Course type
master's degree by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
084737G

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Ecotourism has the following exit awards: 73210 Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism (24 points) (24 points), 73310 Graduate Diploma in Ecotourism (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
Albany, UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Barbara Cook
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Botany; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Geography; Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage; Marine Science; Natural Resource Management; Science Communication; Zoology; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.

Take all units (66 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSENVT4404Environmental Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Economics (42620) or Master of Ecotourism (coursework) (73510) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
EART3304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability; EART8304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability
S1ENVT5505Biodiversity and Landscapes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
S1ENVT5506Core Principles of Ecotourism
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
S2ENVT5507Ecotourism in Practice
Prerequisites:
ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism or equivalent as determined by unit coordinator
S1, S2ENVT5580Ecotourism Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
S1, S2ENVT5581Ecotourism Research Project Part 2
Co-requisites:
ENVT5580 Ecotourism Research Project Part 1
S1, S2ENVT5582Ecotourism Research Project Part 3
Co-requisites:
ENVT5580 Ecotourism Research Project Part 1, ENVT5581 Ecotourism Research Project Part 2
S1, S2ENVT5583Ecotourism Research Project Part 4
Co-requisites:
ENVT5582 Ecotourism Research Project Part 3
NSHERI5102Foundations in Heritage Management
S2SCOM5702Exhibitions and Interpretation
S2SSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Ecotourism (coursework) (73510) or the Master of Health Science (coursework) (71540) or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSLAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 73210 Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism (24 points)
  • 73310 Graduate Diploma in Ecotourism (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Ecotourism course before completing it, but completes ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism and three other core units at Level 4 or Level 5, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Ecotourism course before completing it, but completes ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism and ENVT5507 Ecotourism in Practice and six other units at Level 4 or Level 5, two of which must be core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Ecotourism.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed majors in Botany, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage, Marine Science, Natural Resource Management, Science Communication, Zoology, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.