Course overview

Description

The online Masters in Environmental Economics will provide students with an understanding of how economic approaches to solving and analysing environmental problems can be used to address the challenges associated with human impacts on the environment. The aim of the course is to provide students with the skills to analysis economic policies to address major environmental challenges including climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, pollution, water resource management, over-fishing and the link between development and the environment. Students will be trained to follow careers as environmental economist working in consultancy and in government policy.

Course title
Master of Environmental Economics (Online) (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MSc
Course code
70570
Course type
Master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
Current / 2023
Administered by
Agriculture and Environment

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
Full- or part-time
Articulation
The Master of Environmental Economics (Online) has the following exit award: 71250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Economics (24 points) (24 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 School
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
Online
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Not available to international students on student visas. Available to international students on other visas if visa conditions allow (see https://www.immi.gov.au). For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Benedict White
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.

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Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2

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

Students may be required to complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the School or Advising Office.

Note: These units should be selected to address a lack of previous training in economics (ECON4002 and ECON1120) and mathematics (SCIE1500).

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
HON-ECONS Economics
or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or HON-ECNPF Professional Economics
or 61550 Master of Professional Engineering
or 42330 Graduate Diploma in Economics
or 42620 Master of Economics
or 42580 Master of Public Policy
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
lectures: 2 hours; tutorials: 1 hour; labs: 1 hour (4 hours/week for 12 weeks)
S2ECON5003Microeconomic Theory for Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) AGRI5402 Agribusiness
or Unit(s) ECON4002 Core Concepts in Agricultural and Applied Economics
or Unit(s) ECON3302 Applied Microeconomics
Weekly - two hour workshop
S1, S2ECON5410Valuing Environmental and Natural Resources
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
70570 Master of Environmental Economics or equivalent
Incompatibility
Successful completion of
ECONM541 Valuing Environmental and Natural Resources
Total learning hours including contact hours, personal study, and assessment are 150hrs The structured activities across 12 weeks include approximately: 18 hours of online recorded lecture content, and 18 hours of computer based practical examples The balance of activities varies with each topic module
S1, S2ENVT4520GIS and Remote Sensing in a Changing WorldNone150 hours total. Each week approximately 1 hour of online recorded lectures, 3 hours of guided computer practical examples, and 8 hours of self-directed learning and completing assessments for 12 weeks.
S1, S2SCIE4040Data Analysis with R for Agricultural and Environmental ScienceNone150 hours. The structured activities include approximately 1 hour of online recorded lecture content and approximately 2 hours of computer practical examples to complete each week for 12 weeks.
S1, S2SCIE4510Applied Cost Benefit AnalysisNone150 hours Lectures: 2 x 45-minute online lectures per week for 12 weeks Workshops: 1 x 1-hour online workshops per week for 12 weeks Self-directed learning: 10 hours per week for 12 weeks

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points of which at least 12 points (2 units) must be taken at Level 5. Students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ECON5001Economic Development in Theory and Practice
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
42620 Master of Economics
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 71550 Master of International Development
or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
lectures/tutorials/labs: 4 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
S1ECON5002Agriculture and Economic Development
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or 71550 Master of International Development
or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
lectures: 4 hours per fortnight; tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight for 10 weeks
S1ECON5004Microeconometric Models for Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) SCIE4401 Data Use in Science
or Unit(s) SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Lectures are delivered on-line. Students also attend 2 hours of practical component each week.
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1
or Unit(s) ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
or Unit(s) ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance
or Unit(s) ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Environmental Management
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or 42330 Graduate Diploma in Economics
or 42620 Master of Economics
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
10 half days. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
Lectures 15 x 1 hour (online and pre-recorded), 5 x 1hr Industry seminar (Face to Face), Industry Contact (dependent on partner selected)
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or HON-ZOOLY Zoology
or HON-BOTNY Botany
or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or HON-MARSC Marine Science
or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or 72520 Master of Biological Science
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics
or 74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or Unit(s) SCIE4401 Data Use in Science
or Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Students in course by coursework only, take all units in this group (12 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ECON5007Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
70570 Master of Environmental Economics (Online)
Incompatibility
AGRI5560 Agricultural Economics Literature Review and Research Proposal, AGRI5509 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development, AGRI5551 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1, AGRI4511 Agriculture Honours Research Project Development
, AGRI5541 Agriculture Honours Research Dissertation Part 1, ENVT5011 Research Project in Environmental Science Part 1, SCIE4501 Science Research Dissertation Part 1
as required by supervisor
S1, S2ECON5008Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
70570 Master of Environmental Economics
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
ECON5007 Research Project Part 1
as required by supervisor

Students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units in this group (24 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5571Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and satisfy eligibility criteria for research project
or dissertation
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5572Dissertation Part 2
Co-requisites
Successful completion of
Or Enrolment in
Unit(s) SCIE5571 Dissertation Part 1
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5573Dissertation Part 3
Co-requisites
Successful completion of
Or Enrolment in
Unit(s) SCIE5572 Dissertation Part 2
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5574Dissertation Part 4
Co-requisites
Successful completion of
Or Enrolment in
Unit(s) SCIE5573 Dissertation Part 3
as required by supervisor

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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) a bachelor's degree, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; and

Applicant must have completed prior

studies at a tertiary level in either science, engineering, economics, natural resource management, or policy studies; or a related cognate discipline, 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 award:

  • 71250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Economics (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Environmental Economics (Online) course before completing it, but after completing 24 points (ECON4410, ECON5003, SCIE4040 and SCIE4510), may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Economics.

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 A bachelor's degree with a major in Economics, or equivalent as recognised by the School. are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';

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 which is calculated based on—

(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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).