Master of Environmental Policy and Management

A better chance for our environment

Responding effectively to environmental problems involves far more than applying scientific knowledge, or the ‘top-down’ regulation of people and their environments.

The future of our planet relies on informed and creative thinking around policy and practice. This kind of environmental expertise is critical and in high demand. 

What will you do?

Our Master of Environmental Policy and Management addresses how the signature environmental issues of our time are to be managed. You will:

  • choose between a coursework or research specialisation
  • explore environmental governance and planning in depth
  • apply your knowledge to real-world issues
  • pursue electives aligned to your personal and professional interests
  • undertake meaningful research projects.

Where could it take you?

You could set up environmental programs for the public to air their concerns or better understand issues that affect them. You might negotiate policy design with private businesses and government sectors to generate sustainable management systems. Or, perhaps you’ll research economic incentives or decentralised solutions for better environmental outcomes.


  • Help rescue our planet from environmental destruction
  • Ranked in the top 100 for Environment/Ecology^
  • 91% full-time employment for postgrad environmental studies graduates

^US News rankings of the Best Global Universities, 2022

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM182
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM182

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $28,500

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

Graduates of the program will be well equipped to take up senior policy roles in government and a variety of roles in environmental management for government agencies, industry and the not-for-profit sector.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Parks Management, Conservationist, Land Resources and Land Care, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Catchment Management, Climate and Ecosystem Modeller, Conservation Officer, Corporate Policy Advisor, Corporate Sustainability Professional, Science Communicators, Environment Protection Officer, Environmental Compliance Officer, Environmental Economist, Fisheries and Marine Officer, Strategic Planning Officer, Sustainability Manager, Forester, Government Policy Advisor, Green Design Professional, Policy Adviser, Project Officer, ...

Degree Structure

To qualify for the degree of Master of Environmental Policy and Management, students complete -

In the Research Specialisation:
> Core courses to the value of 12 units
> Elective courses to the value of 12 units
> Research equivalent courses to the value of 24 units in the form of a research dissertation

In the Coursework Specialisation:
> Core courses to the value of 12 units
> Elective courses to the value of 24 units
> Research equivalent courses to the value of 12 units in the form of a research dissertation.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Assessment

Written assignments, oral presentations, research, exams.

Further Study

Testimonial

There's so many relevant environmental issues affecting our world right now, and what I loved about the course was focusing on issues that I have an interest in.
Helen Malone

Helen Malone

Senior Environmental Planner

Environment Protection Authority

Master of Environmental Policy and Management

Faculty of Arts

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Last updated: Monday, 1 Nov 2021