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Master of  Environmental Management

Program code: 5609
CRICOS code: 084722D


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Environmental managers examine the causes of complex global issues such as climate change, pollution and land clearing, and develop ways to manage and solve them.

  • This two-year program covers a combination of scientific, economic, planning, and business principles to enhance your skills and technical expertise, and opens up a range of career opportunities in the environmental arena.
  • Apply the principles and approaches of environmental management. You will develop your decision-making and problem-solving abilities, and study electives that cover economics, occupational health and safety, and geography.
  • Choose from a range of courses which cover disciplines such as conservation biology, regulatory frameworks, natural resource management, environmental impact assessment, and coastal processes and management.
  • Undertake an optional research project or thesis where you'll investigate a topic in the field of environmental management, or complete a range of electives to tailor your study program towards your career aspirations.

Environmental managers make decisions and develop strategies to prevent or minimise the effects of human activity to ensure our sustainable future.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    Our research in environmental science was ranked 12th in the world and 1st in Australia in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Research

    Research leaders

    Our researchers have worked with some of the most influential institutions in the world, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Royal Society of London, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Beyond the classroom

    Get your hands dirty

    Depending on your choice of courses, you might get to go on field trips to locations including Fraser Island, central and western Queensland, Far North Queensland. This gives you the chance to apply your knowledge and broaden your understanding of environmental management practice.

  • Alumni
    The wide range of courses introduced me to the topics of protected area management, and rural community development. However, I must say that the most important skill I acquired was to always be a ‘critical thinker’. Maria Renata Cao de la Fuente, MEnvMan (Natural Resource Management)
    Regional Coordinator for National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, Mexico

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Environmental Management are equipped with knowledge and skills relevant to a large number of managerial, research, administrative and educational roles within consultancies, private companies, government departments, landcare and catchment management groups, and national and international non-government organisations.

Graduates typically work in fields including:

  • national parks and wildlife conservation
  • environmental assessment and compliance
  • natural resource management, including coastal, river and catchment systems
  • policy development
  • government and commercial consultancies dealing with environmental planning and management
  • mining
  • environmental tourism
  • environmental management
  • education and research

Other graduates use the Master of Environmental Management to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree in any field; or

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted. view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Environmental Management are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Environmental Management are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Environmental Management. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Environmental Management at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Practicals, placements and internships

There are opportunities to participate in industry placements and field trips during the program.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Environment Institute of Australia

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Environmental Management have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $38,896
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Environmental Management for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Environmental Management can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Environmental Management is 5609. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Environmental Management is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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