Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

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Welcome to the Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability program

The Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary course designed to meet the needs of graduates from a range of backgrounds who wish to enhance their qualifications for careers in environmental policy and management, corporate sustainability management or international development.

The program offers you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your understanding and experience to enable societal, organisational and individual change and foster responsible action to support sustainability both in Australia and internationally.

Our program offers 3 streams:

  • Environment and Governance
  • Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management
  • International Development and Environmental Analysis

International Relevance and Practical Experience

As a student in Monash’s Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability program, you will have the opportunity to engage with industry and participate in study tours and field schools both in Australia and overseas.

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Experiential Learning

All three streams within our program offer a research or internship project component, which provides students with the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary real-world contexts to combine theory and practice in responding to local and global issues at individual, community, corporate and government levels.

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Research-led Teaching

As a student in the Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability, you will have the opportunity to be taught by academic staff who are widely regarded as leading experts in their respective fields. Our lecturers do research on corporate sustainability, environmental assessment, waste management and recycling, urban and rural land use planning, environmental impacts of development, natural disasters and development, to name a few.

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International Opportunities

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in field schools in rural South Africa and the Cinque Terra region of Italy. The unit Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy (ATS3281) is a field-based school taught on location in the National Park/World Heritage Area of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera.

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All students can apply for funding to attend international field schools via Monash Abroad.

Study Streams

Students can study within the following streams:

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International development and environmental analysis

This stream is for students who wish to pursue careers or enhance their professional skills in the fields of international development and environmental analysis.

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Corporate environmental and sustainability management

This stream is designed to meet the growing need for skilled professionals that have competencies in both business and environmental/sustainability management and who understand the nexus between the two.

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Environment and governance

This stream is for students who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding and experience to enable societal and governmental change and responsible action to support sustainability, and to enhance their qualifications for careers in environmental policy and analysis, planning, consulting, education, advocacy and management.

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How to Study

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Click here for fees and entry requirements for domestic and international students.

Click here for Scholarships and Funding information for domestic and international students.

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

A small number of CSP places are available for some of our Masters programs. Refer to Fees and Entry Requirements (above) to check availability of CSP places for this course. Where places are available we automatically assess all eligible applicants before semester one and two for this award. High-achieving students should ensure they apply before the advertised deadline for the relevant intake to be ranked for potential selection. Applications received after the deadline may be accepted for a full-fee place, however will not be considered for a Commonwealth Supported place.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.

What Our Alumni Think

Monash graduates have found employment in government, non-government and private sector organisations both in Australia and internationally.

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Meet Our Academic Teaching Staff

Our academic teaching staff members are innovative researchers and established industry professionals.

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Dr Wendy Stubbs

Dr Wendy Stubbs is the coordinator of the Corporate Environmental and Sustainability stream. Wendy’s research interests include industrial ecosystems/symbiosis (where waste streams are recycled as inputs to other processes and organisations in the industrial ecosystem), sustainability reporting, corporate social responsibility and education for sustainability.

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Dr Craig Thorburn

Dr Craig Thorburn is the coordinator of the International Development & Environmental Analysis stream of the Sustainability program and has spent more than twenty years in Indonesia working with village communities, local, national and international NGOs, provincial and national government agencies, and bilateral and multilateral aid organisations.

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Dr Ruth Lane

Dr Ruth Lane is the coordinator of the Environment and Governance stream within the program. Ruth’s current research focuses on geographies of waste and recycling, including municipal solid waste and waste water, and has also worked on social and cultural dimensions of land use and environmental change in rural Australia and environmental impact assessment.

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Dr Bruce Missingham

Dr Bruce Missingham is the Coordinator of the Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability program and is an anthropologist with interests in the study of development and environmental movements in Southeast Asia, and education for sustainable development in universities and NGOs. Bruce was involved in the design and delivery of the International WaterCentre’s Master of Integrated Water Management.

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Contact Us

For course specific information, please contact the Program Director: Dr Bruce Missingham - bruce.missingham@monash.edu
For all other general questions, please visit our future student enquiries page.
Call us on 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)
From outside Australia phone  +61 3 9902 6011