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Master of  Environmental Management

Program code: 5609

Delivery location

St Lucia


2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


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 (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

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.

Learn more about the admissions process

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Environmental Management pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,170
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Environmental Management at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

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


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Environmental Management can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

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:

  • Semester 1 - Monday before semester 1 commences. Contact School for details.
  • Semester 2 - Monday before semester 2 commences. Contact School for details.

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

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