Master of Science in Environmental Science
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Science in Environmental Science draws on a wide range of science-based disciplines and applications, from ecology to solar power, analytical chemistry to geomorphology. If you are a recent graduate wishing to obtain employment in the environmental field, or if you are already working and are interested in gaining either a formal qualification in environmental science or additional information about related areas of environmental science, then this course is suitable for you.
The course allows a large degree of flexibility in the depth at which studies are undertaken and the choice of subjects studied. Some of the major themes addressed include environmental sciences, environmental politics and law, project evaluation and assessment, decision making and conflict resolution. Electives can also be taken in marine science, Australasian wildlife, sustainable development, law and the environment, geographic information science, and more.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- AFNR5511 - Soil Processes,Assessment & Management
- AFNR5512 - Water Management and Variable Climate
- AFNR5801 - Climate Change: Process,History,Issues
- CIVL5665 - Advanced Water Resources Management
- ENVI5705 - Ecological Principles
- ENVI5707 - Energy - Sources,Uses and Alternatives
- ENVI5708 - Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
- ENVI5801 - Social Science of Environment
- ENVI5809 - Environmental Simulation Modelling
- ENVI5903 - Sustainable Development
- ENVI5904 - Methods in Applied Ecology
- GEOG5001 - Geographic Information Science A
- GEOG5004 - Environmental Mapping and Monitoring
- GEOS5501 - Human Rights and the Environment
- MARS5001 - Coastal Processes and Systems
- MARS5006 - Coral Reefs,Science and Management
- MARS5007 - Coral Reefs and Climate Change
- PHYS5031 - Ecological Econ & Sustainable Analysis
- PHYS5034 - Life Cycle Analysis
- RESP5001 - Integrated Environmental Practice
- RSEC5432 - Environmental Economics
- WILD5001 - Australasian Wildlife: Introduction
- WILD5002 - Australasian Wildlife: Field Studies
Further course information
Students follow the study pattern of the core units of study and electives as required. You may undertake the course on a full time or part time basis. You will complete a total of 48 credit points (cp) of study for the award comprising: 30cp of core units of study and 18cp of elective units of study. You have the opportunity to take units from other programs to flesh out your course as long as these units are relevant to an environmental degree and that you also complete the required core units. Please note however, that due to the nature of timetabling, the timetables of units from other programs may clash with the units of this course, and it is your responsibility to plan your course of study carefully. Subject to the availability of suitable projects and supervisors, candidates with a credit average in 24cp may be admitted to the research pathway. For more information, contact the course coordinator.
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first four units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the research project units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed to provide an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the course, synthesise this with prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.
An elective research pathway capstone experience in the award comprises ENVI5501 (12 credit points). Candidates complete a research project on a topic in environmental science which may include a field or laboratory component, or may be entirely literature-based. The project enables candidates to develop skills in cross-disciplinary thinking and project management.
An elective coursework pathway capstone experience in the award comprises MARS5005 (12 credit points), allowing candidates to design and undertake an original project in coastal management or RESP5001 (6 credit points) providing research methodology training.
Course outcomes and further study
Master of Science in Environmental Science graduates are found in a variety of professional roles, ranging from analytical scientist and environmental indicator monitor, to policy-maker and environmental or catchment manager. Within Australia, our graduates have acquired jobs in federal, state and local government bodies including State Forests NSW, the Roads and Transport Authority, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, as well as with private consultancies.
Many of our graduates have successfully pursued further study in a range of internationally recognised academic programs. If you would like to be part of Sydney's research community, you may wish to consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Research can be completed through a Master of Science by research or a PhD. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research in specialised area of environmental science and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies. You can search for potential research projects and supervisors at Research Supervisor Connect: http://sydney.edu.au/research/opportunities/
Admission to the Master of Science in Environmental Science requires:
(a) a Bachelor of Science, with a credit average, from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(c) completion of the embedded graduate diploma in this discipline, from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
Although you do not specifically need to hold a bachelor’s degree in environmental science to apply, you must have some form of tertiary qualification where there is an emphasis on subjects related to environmental science. For instance, you may hold an arts degree majoring in geography, an engineering degree, or a degree in resource economics. Alternatively, you could have substantial experience in the workplace and some type of tertiary qualification. Each application will be assessed on its individual merits.
How to apply
How to apply
Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University by using the online application form, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.