Master of Environment

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Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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About this program

The Master of Environment comprises two semesters of full-time study or the equivalent in one of the following specialisations. The Masters program provides opportunities for students who want to move into more senior management positions.

Climate Change Adaptation

This specialisation introduces students to the physical science basis for climate change and its ecological and human health impacts. It examines the different economic instruments and legal tools available or proposed, both nationally and internationally, to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and analyses the various economic instruments such as carbon taxes and emissions trading regimes. Legal and policy decisions in different sectors, such as renewable energy and transport, are examined. Society's vulnerability to climate change impacts and possible adaptive strategies, with various foci such as human health, biodiversity, natural disaster management (for example, bushfires/droughts) and urban systems are explored. There is the opportunity to gain practical experience by exploring a theme in climate change via an applied project, possibly in conjunction with an industry partner or one of Griffith's research centres.

Economics and Policy

One of the most profound challenges faced by society is how to become sustainable. Addressing this challenge has created exciting careers in environmental economics and policy-making across the business, government and community sectors. This specialisation provides training in these professions for people who wish to: upgrade their qualifications, change careers, help to make society more sustainable, or undertake further postgraduate study. It is designed for graduates from any discipline. The specialisation comprises core courses that cover both the nature of environmental issues and responses by government, business and the community and a range of electives drawn from areas such as environmental planning, education, the social sciences and science. An interdisciplinary approach is taken that covers the scientific data, economic tools, management systems, policy making, regulation and community action. Teaching staff have a broad range of expertise and experience and many have won awards for their work. Overall, the Griffith School of Environment has more than 30 years of experience in these areas.

Education for Sustainability

Education is an essential element in addressing the pressing environmental problems we are currently facing. This specialisation provides students with the knowledge and skills to be effective environmental educators. It is designed for graduates from any discipline who wish to obtain specialist environmental and sustainability education training. The specialisation provides the opportunity to learn skills in areas such as reorienting formal education for sustainability, adult and community education, public communication and social change, planning and evaluating projects, and environmental and sustainability education research. The teaching staff are an internationally recognised, award-winning team with 30 years experience. Griffith's environmental education programs were the first of their kind and continue to be leaders in attracting students and visiting academics from all parts of the world.

Environmental Protection

This specialisation is designed for graduates with a science or environmental science degree who wish to obtain specialist skills and knowledge to gain further employment opportunities in the field of environmental protection. The specialisation includes advanced studies in environment and population health with a focus on environmental protection and pollution studies, aiming at improving ecological sustainable development outcomes for communities. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and Certification as Environmental Practitioners (CENVP program).

Water Resources

This program is designed for graduates from a science degree who wish to obtain specialist environmental training in water management. Griffith University is the home of the Australian Rivers Institute and is internationally recognised for research excellence in water science. Undertaking core courses within this program you will be taught by scientists who are leaders in their fields of environmental flows, catchment and riparian restoration and aquatic ecosystem health. The Masters with Honours program will provide you with the opportunity to develop capacities for independent research by undertaking a dissertation under supervision with access to a large number of research scientists within the Australian Rivers Institute

Attendance information

The Master of Environment comprises two semesters of full-time study or the equivalent in one of the chosen areas of specialisation. Students completing the Master of Environment undertake one year of full-time study or the equivalent of core courses and electives in their specialisation and elective courses. On completion of the Masters, eligible students are able to complete a one semester full-time or equivalent dissertation for the award Masters with Honours.

The Water Resources, Economics and Policy, Education for Sustainability and Environmental Protection specialisations are designed to be flexible and suit a range of students preference for study options.

Graduate Certificates may be completed full-time in Semester 1 or part-time over two or more semesters (up to the maximum of two years as stipulated by the University). Core Courses are offered in both on-campus and external modes, so student may study off-campus.

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each semester. This may affect your entitlement to Centrelink benefits. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program are 30 credit points.

My career opportunities

These programs equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the areas of environmental climate change and policy making. You'll develop the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, to contribute to policy making processes and to run environmental management systems. Further, the masters programs provide opportunity for those who want to move into more senior management roles, while the masters with honours programs enable you to successfully conduct independent research projects. You'll be well placed to gain employment in the public sector, business or community organisations.

Professional recognition

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time semesters).

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date (end of teaching week 4).
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 1 January 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the semester in which the student is enrolled.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the semester in which the student commenced the program.

Program fees for the Master of Environment (5477)

Year Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee per EFTSL (80 cp)
2015 FPPG Band 23 $211.00 $16,880.00
2014 FPPG Band 23 $203.00 $16,240.00
2013 FPPG Band 23 $195.00 $15,600.00

Tuition fees for your full degree program

Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the semester in which they are enrolled.

Further information

For further enquiries, please contact your nearest Griffith Student Centre.