Master of Environment

Macquarie University

Managing the environment and safeguarding it for generations to come has become a key concern of our time. Human intervention is largely behind issues such as deforestation, pollution, global warming and species extinction. But human intervention is also the key to preserving the environment. This multidisciplinary course will provide you with skills and knowledge regarding the social and biophysical drivers of environmental change, so that as a graduate, you'll be equipped to seek innovative solutions to issues emerging around human-environment interactions. KEY FEATURES Combines scientific learning alongside an understanding of the socioeconomic issues related to environmental matters Students learn how to regulate and manage human activities to protect the environment for future generations A distinctive learning experience with active learning and field-based programs Taught by world-leading senior academics with intense research experience This degree is accessible to those without prior scientific study at undergraduate level SUITABLE FOR Students wanting to move into the environmental profession or those already working in the area seeking to expand their skills and knowledge. GREAT REASONS TO CHOOSE MACQUARIE Dr Ram Ranjan - Program Convener Dr Ranjan joined Macquarie University in 2009 and is responsible for managing the Master of Environment degree. A unifying theme of his research and teaching work has been managing climate risks through mitigation and adaptation measures as well as understanding how changes in our natural environment create complex feedbacks in inter-linked human-ecological and economic systems. Some examples include understanding how aquatic systems respond to multiple stressors, threats to endangered biodiversity from invasive species as well as human activities, how farmers adapt to prolonged water scarcity through seeking alternate occupations, determinants of entrepreneurial ventures and success rates, quantifying and modelling resilience of water starved farmers, determinants and success of collective action in groundwater management, impact of climate induced salinity level rise on livelihood choices, etc. Dr Ranjan is a senior lecturer in environmental and resource economics and a member of the Biosecurity Futures Research Centre. He currently teaches a unit of study on Environmental Economics (ENVS810) which is an elective subject in this degree. Career Opportunities PROFESSIONS The program leads to career opportunities in academia, government and non-government organisations, and in the private sector. EMPLOYERS catchment management authorities community and not-for-profit organisations consultancies government environment departments environmental protection authorities transport and infrastructure bodies industries dealing with minerals, energy, waste recycling and management, air quality, water quality and climate change science and management marine parks authorities universities property development, construction and management governmental departments dealing with agriculture, fisheries, waterways and forestry non-government organisations

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 084700K
Institution Name Macquarie University
Campus Location North Ryde
Institution Type University
Course Duration 1 year - 2 years depending on RPL granted
Course University Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today our pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as we celebrate our place among the best and brightest minds.


Recognised internationally, Macquarie University is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world* and within the top 10 in Australia.Our research is leading the way in ground-breaking discoveries. Our academics are at the forefront of innovation and, as accomplished researchers, we are embracing the opportunity to tackle the big issues of our time.


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