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.

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