Course requirements and structure

Master of Environmental Science & Law

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Course code: LC040
CRICOS code: 040350B
Duration: 2 semesters full time; 4 semesters part time
Commencement: March or July

For further information about Course Requirements, refer to the Faculty Handbook.

Please note that, commencing in 2015, the requirements for the Master of Environmental Science and Law will change. The minimum requirements will be 72 credit points over 3 semesters full-time.

Completion requirements - Law background

Coursework pathway Research pathway
To qualify for the award of the Master of Environmental Science & Law coursework pathway you must complete a total of 48 credit points of units of study, comprising:
  • 6 credit point Law core unit of study; and
  • 6 credit point capstone unit of study; and
  • 18 credit points of electives from Law units of study; and
  • 18 credit points of electives from Science units of study

Subject to the availability of supervision and suitable projects, candidates with a distinction average in 24 credit points of study from the degree may be admitted to the research pathway.

To qualify for the award of the Master of Environmental Science & Law research pathway you must complete a total of 48 credit points of units of study, comprising:
  • 6 credit point Law core unit of study; and
  • 18 credit points of electives from Law units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of electives from Science units of study; and
  • 12 credit point project unit of study
EXAMPLE study plan for Master of Environmental Science & Law (coursework pathway)
SEMESTER 1
CORE:
LAWS6044 (6cp)
Environmental law and policy
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6043 (6cp)
Environmental impact assessment law

ELECTIVE:
ENVI5705 (6cp)
Ecological Principles

ELECTIVE:
ENVI5708 (6cp)
Introduction to environmental chemistry
SEMESTER 2
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6045 (6cp)
Environmental Planning Law
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6047 (6cp)
Law of the sea
CAPSTONE:
RESP5001 (6cp)
Integrated environmental practice
ELECTIVE:
AFNR5801 (6cp)
Climate change: Process, history, issues
EXAMPLE study plan for Master of Environmental Science & Law (research pathway)
SEMESTER 1
CORE:
LAWS6044 (6cp)
Environmental law and policy
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6043 (6cp)
Environmental impact assessment law

ELECTIVE:
ENVI5705 (6cp)
Ecological principles

ELECTIVE:
ENVI5708 (6cp)
Introduction to environmental chemistry
SEMESTER 2
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6045 (6cp)
Environmental planning law
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6047 (6cp)
Law of the sea
PROJECT UNIT OF STUDY:
ENVI5501 (12cp)
Environmental Research Project

Completion requirements - Science background

Coursework pathway Research pathway
To qualify for the award of the Master of Environmental Science & Law coursework pathway you must complete a total of 48 credit points of units of study, comprising:
  • 12 credit points of core unit of study; and
  • 6 credit point capstone unit of study; and
  • 12 credit points of electives from Law units of study; and
  • 18 credit points of electives from Science units of study

Subject to the availability of supervision and suitable projects, candidates with a distinction average in 24 credit points of study from the degree may be admitted to the research pathway.

To qualify for the award of the Master of Environmental Science & Law research pathway you must complete a total of 48 credit points of units of study, comprising:
  • 12 credit points of core unit of study; and
  • 12 credit points of electives from Law units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of electives from Science units of study; and
  • 12 credit point project unit of study
EXAMPLE study plan for Master of Environmental Science & Law (coursework pathway)
SEMESTER 1
CORE:
LAWS6044 (6cp)
Environmental law and policy
CORE:
LAWS6252 (6cp)
Legal reasoning and the common law system

ELECTIVE:
ENVI5705 (6cp)
Ecological principles

ELECTIVE:
ENVI5708 (6cp)
Introduction to environmental chemistry
SEMESTER 2
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6045 (6cp)
Environmental planning law
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6047 (6cp)
Law of the sea
CAPSTONE:
RESP5001 (6cp)
Integrated research practice
ELECTIVE:
AFNR5801 (6cp)
Climate change: Process, history, issues
EXAMPLE study plan for Master of Environmental Science & Law (research pathway)
SEMESTER 1
CORE:
LAWS6044 (6cp)
Environmental law and policy
CORE:
LAWS6252 (6cp)
Legal reasoning and the common law system

ELECTIVE:
ENVI5705 (6cp)
Ecological principles

ELECTIVE:
ENVI5708 (6cp)
Introduction to environmental chemistry
SEMESTER 2
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6045 (6cp)
Environmental planning law
ELECTIVE:
LAWS6047 (6cp)
Law of the sea
PROJECT UNIT OF STUDY:
ENVI5501 (12cp)
Environmental Research Project