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Environment and Climate Emergency
Masters by Coursework
- Master of Environment and Climate Emergency
This course is two years full-time or equivalent part-time study.
- 2 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Develop the skills and knowledge to respond to the present global emergency and facilitate environmental change.
Broad career options
Apply your skills and knowledge through professional work and community engagement.
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This master by coursework is a research-led flagship course that leverages local and global partnerships to provide you with an advanced and unique education experience.
It offers problem-focused and work-related learning experiences that are tailored to your interests, and can open pathways to future research. The course consists of two core dissertation units, research methods units and optional units to support your final dissertation. Your chosen research dissertation topic will be guided and oriented by an experienced supervisor throughout the course.
You will have the opportunity to engage with the latest research related to your topic at the innovative Legacy Living Laboratory (L3), a state-of-the-art data visualisation space and research facility.
L3 is also a meeting place of researchers, practitioners and industry and government partners, providing an ideal hub for learning and networking. Content is supported by demand-driven research at the Curtin University Sustainability and Policy (CUSP) Institute.
The master degree comprises three levels of study, with completion of one level providing credit towards the next. You can choose to exit the degree at the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level.
Students who complete the master degree to a high standard may apply for doctoral-level studies.
- Sustainability is one of the fastest growing job sectors around the world: it’s ranked as a top priority for industry and is relevant in every field of work.
- Your learning will be informed by research and best industry practice, enabling you to develop the relevant skills and knowledge to implement solutions to diverse climate and environment challenges.
- As a graduate, you will be able to contribute to making the world a better place through your profession.
- Flexible study options enable you to study at your own pace and apply your learning to your professional role.
The future of environment and climate emergency action
Increasing extreme climatic events and natural disasters are affecting communities the world over. The declaration of a ‘climate emergency’ is progressively being accepted as policy by government authorities and professional institutions, initiating local action in a rapidly urbanising world. However, many governments are lagging in their policy development.
Our environment and climate emergency courses respond to the demand by globally-minded citizens and the next generation of students for rapid action from governments and industry towards a sustainable and climate-resilient future. These forward-thinking courses integrate the knowledge and skills needed to respond to the present global emergency and motivate global change.
- Urban/environmental planning
- Regional development
- Conservation and environment
- Land use
- Resources and energy
What you'll learn
- apply relevant disciplinary knowledge to the concept of sustainability in work and community settings
- apply critical and analytical skills within a sustainability framework under the current environment and climate priorities; think creatively to develop practical pathways to sustainability and dealing with the environment and climate change emergency
- locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant and reliable information sources on sustainability
- communicate ideas and information, verbally and in writing, to a range of target audiences
- use communication and research technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
- demonstrate a reflexive and adaptive approach to learning; understand second-order learning; identify and apply successful learning strategies
- recognise the global nature of sustainability and the relationship between global and local sustainability issues; identify and apply international good practice to sustainability
- recognise the diverse meanings and applications of the notion of culture to sustainability; respect indigenous culture and its relevance to sustainability; identify the complexities and benefits multiculturalism brings to sustainability; and critique culture as an integrated system of norms that enable or disable sustainability
- demonstrate the ability within sustainability practice to work effectively as a team and independently when appropriate; show leadership and apply ethical and professional standards
Applicants for a Master Degree (Coursework) are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au. Subject to the duration of the course applicants usually require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma.
Students may transfer to this course after successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Environment and Climate Emergency.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other requirements and notes for this course
Students may transfer to this course after successful completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Environment and Climate Emergency.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2022
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
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- Last updated on: May 27, 2022