18 months
52500 AUD/year
8021 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Environmental Science program at the University of Sydney is a launch pad into leadership for professionals in the environmental sector. If you are a new graduate keen to kick-start your career, or a professional looking to up-skill or gain formal qualifications, then this one-and-a-half-year course is the perfect option. 


The Environmental Science program at the University of Sydney is drawing on a wide range of science-based disciplines and applications—from ecology to solar power, analytical chemistry to geomorphology—the Master of Environmental Science gives you a grounding in basic environmental issues, while also offering great flexibility in what subjects you take and how deep you delve into them. 

The course’s focus is on linking your education in environmental sciences (such as ecology, climate change and chemistry) with studies in politics and law, project evaluation and assessment, decision-making and conflict resolution. As a result, you will be able to understand the environmental problems that can arise and the disparate solutions that can be applied to solve them. You can also pursue your particular interest with our range of electives, which include marine science, Australasian wildlife, sustainable development, law and the environment, geographic information science, and more. 

As a Master of Environmental Science student, you'll be taught by leading experts at the University of Sydney, which has been top-ranked for Environmental Science and Management in the world (Excellence in Research for Australia evaluations for 2012). Our graduates leave with a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base and the ability to apply their knowledge with flexibility and innovation as leaders in the workplace.

Career Pathways

Master of Environmental Science graduates are found in a variety of professional roles, ranging from analytical scientist and environmental indicator monitor, to policy-maker and environmental or catchment manager. Within Australia, our graduates have acquired jobs in federal, state and local government bodies including State Forests NSW, the Roads and Transport Authority, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, as well as with private consultancies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Australian Forest Systems 
  • Climate Change: Process, History, Issues 
  • Coastal Management Field School 
  • Coastal Processes and Systems 
  • Coral Reefs and Climate Change
  • Ecological Econ and Sustainable Analysis 
  • Ecological Principles

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS code: 082877A 
  • a Bachelor of Science with a credit average in one of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology, climate and atmospheric sciences, marine science, geology, geography, environmental studies, environmental engineering, agriculture and/or natural resource management; or
  • a Bachelor of Science with Honours in one for the disciplines listed above; or
  • a Bachelor degree from any discipline with a credit average in addition to successfully completing 6 credit points of biology, 6 credit points of chemistry and 6 credit points of geography (total 18 credit points).
  • English language results
  • Academic transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 52500 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    8021 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8021 AUD per year during 18 months.


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