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Since 2008, the University of Melbourne has organised a field study subject for students in the Master of Forest  Ecosystem Science to Laos and Vietnam. The subject explores the relationships between people and forests in the Asia Pacific region. The subject has also been taken by students in the Master of Environment and other programs. In November 2015, with the support of Vice Chancellor's Fellow Professor Kate Auty, filmmakers Belinda Ensor and Joel Checkley joined part of the program and made a short film. It explores the experiences of past and current students and staff and highlights the importance of field-based learning in academic study.

Upon completion of this course, students will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability;
  • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field;
  • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures;
  • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry;
  • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge;
  • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change;
  • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences;
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams;
  • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation.

Course Description

The Master of Environment is a flexible, multidisciplinary course that will develop knowledge and skills for professional practice in environment or sustainability. Depending on your academic background, interests and career aspirations you can choose from over 200 subjects taught by ten different faculties.

The Master of Environment provides specialisation in a field of environmental practice and capacity to work across disciplines for environmental decision making. You will have the opportunity to participate in research projects, internship placements, overseas study, and collaborative problem-solving projects.


The two year (200 point) Master of Environment pathway is a Professional Entry pathway suitable for graduates with an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with an overall average of 65%.

The one year (100 point) pathway Master of Environment is a Professional Development Pathway suitable for graduates with an Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline with an overall average of 65%. Graduates with at least five years of relevant work experience following a Bachelor degree may also be eligible for this pathway.

The qualification structure requires completion of two core multidisciplinary subjects. Students complete a stream in a defined specialist field of environmental knowledge, or may complete a tailored specialisation in a relevant field.

Specialist fields of study:

Career outcomes

  • local, state and federal government
  • non-government organisations
  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental management
  • education and community development
  • PhD research

The Master of Environment is strongly linked with the business community and government organisations through the Community and Industry Advisory Board.

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