Master of Environmental Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

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 and studies in environmental planning and management are integrated. This course prepares students to deal with issues such as climate change, water resource management, sustainable natural resource use, and the rehabilitation of degraded or polluted environments.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Environmental Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MEnvSc
Course code
72530
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
074951G

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 Environmental Science has the following exit awards: 72230 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (24 points) (24 points), 72330 Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science (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
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Matthew Hipsey
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

matt.hipsey@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Specialisations

SP Sensing and Environmental Data
SP- Catchments and Water
SP- Environmental Rehabilitation
SP- Marine and Coastal
SP-ENVMM Environmental Management

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT4421Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) and completion of 24 points or 24 points of credit
Co-requisites:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Incompatibility:
ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management
S1, S2ENVT4422Research Methods in Environmental Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) and completion of 24 points or 24 points credit.
Co-requisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
TBC

For students in course by coursework only take 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ENVT5519Professional Skills in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
N/AENVT5520Environmental Science in Practice
Prerequisites:
ENVT5519 Professional Skills in Environmental Science
1x 2hr session per week contact by consultation as required

For student in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT5011Research Project in Environmental Science Part 1
Prerequisites:
(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the Masters Specialisation; or (ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or (iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project; and (iv) must have achieved a mark of at least 70% in ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science;
Co-requisites:
ENVT5012 Masters Research Project in Environmental Science Part 2
Incompatibility:
replacing GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2ENVT5012Research Project in Environmental Science Part 2
Co-requisites:
ENVT5011 Research Project in Environmental Science Part 1
Incompatibility:
GEOG5012 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2ENVT5013Research Project in Environmental Science Part 3
Prerequisites:
ENVT5012 Research Project in Environmental Science Part 2
Co-requisites:
ENVT5014 Research Project in Environmental Science Part 4
Incompatibility:
GEOG5013 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2ENVT5014Research Project in Environmental Science Part 4
Co-requisites:
ENVT5013 Research Project in Environmental Science Part 3
Incompatibility:
GEOG5014 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.

Catchments and Water specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Incompatibility:
ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2GEOS4499Water in a Changing Climate
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
lectures: 3 hours per week; field trip: one week in week 6
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
one full day per week for six consecutive weeks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1ENVT5563GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or equivalent.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
150
S2ENVT5566Advanced Spatial and Environmental Modelling
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or (ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes or ENVT55662 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience or ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration or ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites or ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ) or Master of Professional Engineering (62550) specialisation Environmental Engineering.
total of 150 hours
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Master of Ocean Leadership (62540) or honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School; ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 or ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets or ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance or ECON2224 Environment Economics 2 or equivalent. Students who do not meet the prerequisites can contact the unit coordinator to discuss a possible exception.
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1ENVE4405Ecological Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation) or enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or Master of Ocean Leadership; for pre-2012 courses: none
Incompatibility:
ENVE3604 Ecological Engineering
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
42
S1ENVT5310Biodiversity on Country
Prerequisites:
enrolled in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolled in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3310 Biodiversity on Country
approximately 60 hours—mix of online component (lectures, video footage, reading, quizzes) and field excursion
S2ENVT5516Environmental Monitoring and Sensors
Prerequisites:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
1x 1hr lecture per week 1x 4hr workshop per week 1 field trip
S2ENVT5518The Sustainable Development Goals
Prerequisites:
For students in the Master of Environmental Science: ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
NSGEOS4401Hydrogeological Systems
Incompatibility:
EART8711 Hydrogeology
Workshops: 2 x 4 hours per week for up to 7 weeks. Total workload is 150 hours.
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
One day a week over six weeks.

Environmental Management specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ECON1120Environmental Economics 1
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2GEOS4499Water in a Changing Climate
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Master of Ocean Leadership (62540) or honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School; ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 or ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets or ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance or ECON2224 Environment Economics 2 or equivalent. Students who do not meet the prerequisites can contact the unit coordinator to discuss a possible exception.
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Economics (42620) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Incompatibility:
ECON3320 Analysis for Natural Resource Economics
10 half days. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ENVT5518The Sustainable Development Goals
Prerequisites:
For students in the Master of Environmental Science: ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
S1ENVT5561GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or equivalent.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
150
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
One day a week over six weeks.

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2PLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Curriculum Studies (32510) or Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or enrolment in honours in the Faculty of Science and students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) must have completed 24 points.
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences or ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/ABIOL5503Assessing fauna biodiversity in managed landscapes
One week block taught prior to self-paced field work with community groups
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering Environmental Specialisation (62550) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540) or the Master of Public Policy (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (42580)
lectures: 2 hours; tutorials: 1 hour; labs: 1 hour (4 hours/week for 12 weeks)
S1ENVT5310Biodiversity on Country
Prerequisites:
enrolled in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolled in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3310 Biodiversity on Country
approximately 60 hours—mix of online component (lectures, video footage, reading, quizzes) and field excursion
S2ENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent or higher, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
3 hours per week (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S2ENVT5515Environmental Management in Mining
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
1x 2hr lectures per week 1x 2hr practicals per week 1 field trip
S2ENVT5566Advanced Spatial and Environmental Modelling
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or (ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes or ENVT55662 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience or ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration or ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites or ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ) or Master of Professional Engineering (62550) specialisation Environmental Engineering.
total of 150 hours
S2PLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Curriculum Studies (32510) or Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or enrolment in honours in the Faculty of Science and students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) must have completed 24 points.
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences or ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Environmental Rehabilitation specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Incompatibility:
ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2GEOS4499Water in a Changing Climate
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Economics (42620) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Incompatibility:
ECON3320 Analysis for Natural Resource Economics
10 half days. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ENVT5515Environmental Management in Mining
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
1x 2hr lectures per week 1x 2hr practicals per week 1 field trip
NSENVT5517Ecological Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
S1ENVT5564GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Incompatibility:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks
150

For students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/ABIOL5503Assessing fauna biodiversity in managed landscapes
One week block taught prior to self-paced field work with community groups
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
lectures: 3 hours per week; field trip: one week in week 6
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
42
S1ENVT5310Biodiversity on Country
Prerequisites:
enrolled in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolled in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3310 Biodiversity on Country
approximately 60 hours—mix of online component (lectures, video footage, reading, quizzes) and field excursion
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
one full day per week for six consecutive weeks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S2ENVT5514Environmental Biosensing Agents: Contaminants, Cleanup and Crops
Prerequisites:
BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I or equivalent
Co-requisites:
ENVT5001 Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/practical work: 4 hours per fortnight
S2ENVT5516Environmental Monitoring and Sensors
Prerequisites:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
1x 1hr lecture per week 1x 4hr workshop per week 1 field trip
S2ENVT5566Advanced Spatial and Environmental Modelling
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or (ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes or ENVT55662 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience or ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration or ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites or ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ) or Master of Professional Engineering (62550) specialisation Environmental Engineering.
total of 150 hours

Marine and Coastal specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, including either EART2204 Coastal Processes or ENVT3306 Coastal Conservation and Management, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2EART2204Coastal Processes
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
Incompatibility:
EART3337 Coastal Environments; GEOG3307 Coastal Environments
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals/labs: 1 x 3 hours per week
S1ENVT3306Coastal Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for 10 weeks from week 2)
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Incompatibility:
ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EART4415Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
2 x 4 hour blocks of contact hours per week for six weeks; up to 2 x one day fieldtrips
S2ENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent or higher, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
3 hours per week (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1ENVT5562GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Incompatibility:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
150
S2ENVT5575Aquaculture and the Blue Economy
Prerequisites:
ENVT5576 Aquatic Ecology
TBC
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip
S1SCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
7 hours per week for 6 weeks

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
150 hours in total
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Master of Ocean Leadership (62540) or honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School; ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 or ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets or ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance or ECON2224 Environment Economics 2 or equivalent. Students who do not meet the prerequisites can contact the unit coordinator to discuss a possible exception.
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
42
S1ENVT5310Biodiversity on Country
Prerequisites:
enrolled in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or enrolled in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3310 Biodiversity on Country
approximately 60 hours—mix of online component (lectures, video footage, reading, quizzes) and field excursion
S2ENVT5516Environmental Monitoring and Sensors
Prerequisites:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
1x 1hr lecture per week 1x 4hr workshop per week 1 field trip
S2ENVT5518The Sustainable Development Goals
Prerequisites:
For students in the Master of Environmental Science: ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
One day a week over six weeks.

Sensing and Environmental Data specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2ENVT4461Assessing Environmental Quality
Incompatibility:
ENVT3361 Environmental Assessment
lectures: 1 hour per week; practical classes: 4 hours per week (one practical session involves field work)
S1, S2GEOS4499Water in a Changing Climate
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ENVT4408GIS Programming
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
42 hours
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
42
S2ENVT5516Environmental Monitoring and Sensors
Prerequisites:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
1x 1hr lecture per week 1x 4hr workshop per week 1 field trip
S1ENVT5565GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Incompatibility:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
150
S2ENVT5566Advanced Spatial and Environmental Modelling
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or (ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes or ENVT55662 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience or ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration or ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites or ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ) or Master of Professional Engineering (62550) specialisation Environmental Engineering.
total of 150 hours
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences or ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Economics (42620) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Incompatibility:
ECON3320 Analysis for Natural Resource Economics
10 half days. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
lectures: 3 hours per week; field trip: one week in week 6
S2ENVT5514Environmental Biosensing Agents: Contaminants, Cleanup and Crops
Prerequisites:
BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I or equivalent
Co-requisites:
ENVT5001 Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/practical work: 4 hours per fortnight
S2ENVT5518The Sustainable Development Goals
Prerequisites:
For students in the Master of Environmental Science: ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
One day a week over six weeks.

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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.(1) 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

(c) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation

(2) For the Environmental Management specialisation an applicant must have completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either science, engineering, economics, natural resource management, urban and regional planning, or policy studies; or a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(3) For the Catchments and Water or Environmental Rehabilitation or Sensing and Environmental Data specialisations an applicant must have completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either earth, environmental, engineering, biological or physical sciences; or a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(4) For the Marine and Coastal specialisation an applicant must have completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either marine, environmental, engineering, biological or physical sciences; 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 awards:

  • 72230 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (24 points)
  • 72330 Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Environmental Science course before completing it, but after completing 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units and two specialisation core units from the chosen specialisation, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Environmental Science course before completing it, but after completing 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units and six specialisation core units from the chosen specialisation, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP Sensing and Environmental Data
  • SP- Catchments and Water
  • SP- Environmental Rehabilitation
  • SP- Marine and Coastal
  • SP-ENVMM Environmental Management

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

(3) Students who have completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation 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 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.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an optional unit in this course must—

(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the Masters Specialisation; or

(ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or

(iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project; and

(iv) must have achieved a mark of at least 70% in ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science;