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Master of  Environmental Management

Program code: 5609
CRICOS code: 084722D


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Tackle complex global issues such as climate change, pollution and land clearing. Learn to analyse and implement strategies that balance social equity, environmental sustainability and economic needs.

  • This two-year program covers scientific, economic, planning and business principles to enhance your skills and technical expertise. Industry experts will share with you essential techniques and methods for resolving sustainable development issues.
  • Tailor your study program to fit your career aspirations. Choose courses from areas such as conservation biology, regulatory frameworks, natural resource management, environmental impact assessment, or coastal processes and management.
  • Get a competitive edge by taking part in international study opportunities, research projects and industry placements. This program is ideal if you're seeking a new direction or haven't previously studied environmental management.
  • Develop your decision-making and problem-solving abilities, and graduate with the tools to take on the highly complex considerations that impact environmental management and the ability to create meaningful change.

Environmental managers plan and implement actions geared towards improving sustainability and the quality of the human environment.

  • Why study

    Leader on global issues

    Tackle some of the biggest issues facing the modern world with a world-class education. UQ is ranked number one in Australia and 11th internationally for research in environmental sciences, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Get your hands dirty

    Depending on your study plan, you could conduct fieldwork in diverse locations such as Fraser Island, central and western Queensland or Far North Queensland. You’ll apply your knowledge and broaden your understanding of environmental management practice.

  • Students

    Meet Genia, she studies Environmental Management

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  • Professional experience

    Real-world learning

    Gain real-world experience through an optional research project or thesis to investigate a topic in depth in the field of environmental management. Alternatively, complete a range of electives to build your professional pathway.

Career outcomes

Graduate equipped with scientific knowledge and skills relevant to a large number of managerial, research, administrative and educational roles in Australia and abroad.

Your insight into sustainability will be highly sought after 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.

You can also use the Master of Environmental Management to further your research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a higher degree by research program such as a Master of Philosophy or PhD program.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Beyond the classroom

    Uniquely located research stations

    Located in some of the world’s most unique biodiversity hotspots, UQ’s Heron Island and Moreton Bay research stations enable countless opportunities for marine and terrestrial research and interactive field- and lab-based learning.

  • Research

    Learn from the best

    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).

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

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  • 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


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • 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 $41,040
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Environmental Management for the 2020 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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