Environmental Management


Position yourself for future growth in environmental management, policy and technology

The world is changing. Sustainability and environmental management have become crucial issues, presenting significant opportunities and challenges for business, government and civil society.

Whether you are an environmental professional, hope to become one or simply wish to expand your knowledge of environmental issues, at UNSW we have an Environmental Management postgraduate program to meet your needs.

Students can choose from one of three interdisciplinary postgraduate programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management
  • Master of Environmental Management

An interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research

As an Environmental Management student at UNSW you will make a positive impact on future global environmental policy and practice by examining the complex relationship between humans and the environment, and gaining the tools and frameworks to understand and seek to resolve environmental issues. Our students gain a global perspective on environmental issues through analysis of international and regional environmental issues and their governance.

You can choose from a broad range of electives from diverse fields and custom-design your degree to suit your specific needs and future career path. Lectures and seminars are usually scheduled in the evening, allowing flexibility for those who work during the day.

New in 2017

From 2017, UNSW’s competitive postgraduate programs in Environmental Management, including the flagship Master of Environmental Management (MEM), will be hosted and taught out of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences where there is a strong base of research excellence across Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences.

With world-renowned cutting-edge researchers and academics, UNSW is an international leader in environmental sustainability research. Our innovative research and interdisciplinary teaching approach allows us to respond to the challenges of the 21st century. Visit our website to find out more.


Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management

Students studying the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management will need to complete 24 units of credit including:

  • One compulsory core course (6 units of credit)
  • Two disciplinary knowledge courses (totalling 12 units of credit)
  • One elective course (6 units of credit)

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management is fully articulated with the Graduate Diploma and Master of Environmental Management.

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management

As a student in the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management you will complete:

  • Two compulsory core courses (totalling 12 units of credit)
  • Four disciplinary knowledge courses (totalling 24 units of credit)
  • Two elective courses (totalling 12 units of credit)

The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management is fully articulated with the Master of Environmental Management.

Master of Environmental Management

If you choose to study a Master of Environmental Management at UNSW you will complete the following courses as part of your program:

  • Four compulsory core courses (totalling 24 units of credit)
  • Four disciplinary knowledge courses (totalling 24 units of credit)
  • Elective courses to make up the total of 96 units of credit overall

Students who achieve a Distinction level (75%) average after their first four courses may seek approval from the Program Coordinator to replace some electives with an approved Internship Research Project (6 units of credit), and/or a Research project (24 units of credit).

Entry Requirements

Students must meet the following selection requirements for entry to the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Environmental Management at UNSW.

Graduate Certificate

  • A Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline.

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management

  • A Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%).

Master of Environmental Management

  • A Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%).

Applicants who have completed study in a relevant discipline and/or have a record of relevant professional experience may be eligible to receive a credit transfer and complete the Master of Environmental Management in less than 2 years.

Please visit the UNSW Course Handbook for more information about credit transfers and articulation from other programs including the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management.

Relevant disciplines include:

Environmental management, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental humanities, environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental economics, environmental engineering, environmental law, natural resources management, geography.

Relevant professional experience includes:

Environmental officer, planner, manager or similar in government or for catchment authorities; environmental consulting, reporting, assessment, monitoring and evaluation/auditing; environmental outreach or education, research assistant or associate on environmental themes; NGO or international organisation environmental campaign managers. In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of other academic or professional qualifications and/or relevant experience, as approved by the Committee, may be permitted to enrol for the degree.

Entry score calculator

Not sure if your past academic achievements are equivalent to a UNSW credit average?

Use the UNSW postgraduate coursework Entry Score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

The results will help you determine whether your undergraduate grades make you competitive for entry to postgraduate coursework programs at UNSW.


Many of our students are already working in the environment field and wish to up skill, while others are looking for a career change into environmental management.

Our Environmental Management graduates can be found across a range of challenging and high-profile roles, both in Australia and internationally including:

  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Field Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Parks and Land Manager
  • Policy Specialist
  • Renewable Energy Specialists
  • Environmental Planner

Professional qualifications

The Master of Environmental Management qualification contributes to the requirements for full membership of the Environment Institute of Australian & New Zealand (EIANZ). A Master of Environmental Management qualification can also contribute to gaining certification as an environmental practitioner (CEnvP).


Environmental Management Internship

Students in the Master of Environmental Management have the opportunity to complete our Environmental Management Research Internship course which will allow you to learn about the craft of research for environmental management decision making in partnership with leading partner organisations.

Students who complete this course have the opportunity to work with leading organisations in the field and engage in small group learning about the craft of research including: how to transform your questions into a research problem, what methodologies can be used in answering your environmental questions, analysis of presentation of research arguments, and critically how to make your writing convincing, clear, direct, and readable.

Research pathways

Research pathways are also open to our high achieving Environmental Management students seeking further study in a Higher Degree by Research such as a PhD or Masters by Research.

Our research program addresses critical environmental issues facing the global community today. It provides graduate research students with the opportunity to acquire the interdisciplinary policy and management skills needed to address complex environmental and natural resource problems, as well as the opportunity to carry out research in conjunction with the agencies responsible for managing and implementing environmental policy.

Current Environmental Management students

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Alumni Testimonials
Alumni Testimonials Tanya Fiedler, Senior Consultant, Energetics

A course that is highly topical and challenges the ways in which we do business. The Masters of Environmental Management is ideally suited to those seeking to future-proof their careers in a world of rapidly shifting paradigms.

Alumni Testimonials
Alumni Testimonials James Martin, Analyst and Online Development Manager, Solar Choice

Through the Master of Environmental Management I have made a career change, met friends for life, future business partners, and kindred souls from all over the world.

Alumni Testimonials
Alumni Testimonials Jenny DeMarco, Project Development Manager, CITOLA

The diversity of courses and electives allowed me to tailor a program geared towards my interests, while independent research electives allowed me to uncover new developments and debates in my career field.

Alumni Testimonials
Alumni Testimonials Christa Avery, Principal, The Walton Group

The degree is more comprehensive than current offerings by other institutions in order to accommodate the trans-disciplinary approach that is required by managers and executives to promote better decision-making.

Alumni Testimonials
Alumni Testimonials Shahryar Ahrestani, Project Manager, Australian Bureau of Statistics

The multidisciplinary nature of the MEM enabled us to truly grasp the intertwining relationship between the economic, social and environmental factors shaping our society.

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