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University of Melbourne

Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Master of Environmental Science

The world is facing many environmental challenges – needing your help.

Through the Master of Environmental Science, you’ll learn risk assessment techniques and scientifically rigorous ways to tackle grand environmental challenges such as air, water and land contamination and controls, climate change, energy transition, conservation and ecosystem management, and food security.

You'll specialise in an area of your choice, learning from leaders in their fields, while also building professional skills in communication, policy, planning, and ethical business studies.

Sharpen your skills with real-world problems

You’ll leave the course with a major industry-based or academic research project to feature in your CV. In this project, you’ll apply your environmental science know-how to real-world problems, for one of our partners in a government, not-for-profit or consulting organisation.

If you’d like to gain even more real-world experience, you can also choose to complete a workplace internship or field-based courses.

Tailor your course

The Master of Environmental Science is suitable for those with a background in environmental engineering or the life, chemical, physical, Earth or environmental sciences. You'll have the flexibility to develop your own interests, whether they build on your background or you decide to try something completely new.

You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of environmental science and interdisciplinary subjects, so you can focus on a specialisation suited to your environmental challenge interests.

Gain more than just technical skills

We know that soft skills are important too, which is why we include a seminar subject to ensure you can effectively speak and write about science.

Campus Information

Parkville campus

Our Parkville campus is a city within a city. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket, and even a seasonal farmers market, you’ll never have to leave. The Parkville campus is situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

After Offer Acceptance, student receives ECOE ( Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment) and therafter visa is lodged.
Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The University of Melbourne runs a twice-annual mentoring programme that brings students together with alumni mentors who guide them through the career decision-making process.

Faculty-specific resources assist students in finding the most relevant careers advice for them. Students are also able to take self-assessment tests to help them determine which occupation is most suited to them.

We run workshops, one-on-one sessions, and student mentoring programs to give you the advice you need, when you need it.

Get one-on-one support

The Careers and Employability Studio has gone virtual. Book in for an appointment with a career adviser.

Attend a workshop or session

We run a range of workshops, seminars and events to help support your skill development and employability.

About Careers and Employability

We provide you with the resources, support, and tools you need to achieve your career goals. Learn about our approach to employability and careers.

When you start university you may already know which career path you’d like to pursue. Or, you might be exploring your unique interests, passions, and opportunities.

No matter which category you’re in, career development starts from your first day at university. Career development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to develop a greater awareness of who you are and what you want to achieve.

At the University of Melbourne, career development is a journey that involves:

  • Understanding and reflecting on your motivations and preferences, current skills and knowledge gaps
  • Researching potential opportunities that help you develop meaningful, industry-relevant experiences
  • Goal setting and deciding on what career success means to you
  • Seeking and applying for roles that align with this vision.
  • During this process, your ability to understand and apply your knowledge will be critical in making successful career decisions. We have dedicated career advisers who can guide you through this career development journey.

What are employability skills?

Employability skills are more than just your ability to land a job. They cover your attitude, personal qualities, and transferable skills (e.g. teamwork and communication).

These skills are valued regardless of the role or industry you’re interested in—and understanding their importance can help you succeed in your career and beyond.

Our aim is to help you develop these skills so you can progress professionally in the workforce and community.

How we can help you

We provide online and in-person services: from one-on-one guidance, to learning modules, on campus workshops, and more.

We support you to:

  • Understand the possibilities open to you during and after your time at university
  • Design your career by understanding where your degree can take you, and guide you on what experiences will help you gain future employment
  • Identify your skills and how they apply to actual jobs in the industry you’re interested in
  • Find opportunities via our online jobs board and our employability programs
  • Connect with employers and professionals through our mentoring programs and industry networks
  • Navigate the job application process so your cover letter, resume, and interview style sets you up for success.
  • Our services are available to all current undergraduate and graduate University of Melbourne students.

Interdisciplinary, multi and cross-disciplinary science is essential when addressing environmental issues. No longer can specialist researchers work in isolation. Instead, ecologists work on major infrastructure projects and geographers work with urban utilities, and sustainability experts work with lawyers.

We need people who can stand back and look at the big picture, to find the connections and build the networks of people to solve the world's environmental problems. Take the Great Barrier Reef, for example. Biologists, agricultural scientists, climate scientists, economists, and sociologists are just some of the groups that need to work together to find the way forward to protect this irreplaceable treasure. As a project coordinator, you could find the connection that makes all the difference.

Our graduates go on to work as environmental scientists, environmental engineers, environmental policy and regulation specialists, consultants, soil specialists, and ecologists.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 years PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • You need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree, either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university overseas. You also need to meet English language requirements and be eligible to be offered an international graduate place.
  • If you've achieved high marks in your Melbourne undergraduate studies you can even be made an early offer. Depending on your previous studies and experience you could also be eligible for credit towards your studies at the University.

TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.

IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.