Master of Environmental Science and Technology
DurationFull-time 2 years, Full-time 4 years
The Master of Environmental Science and Technology equips you with the skills to manage environmental projects while providing an in-depth understanding of the relevant methods and technologies.
Our world is facing an ever-increasing number of environmental issues.
Solving these problems requires experts who can provide ethical, high-level specialist advice to industry, government and community sectors.
The skills required to become a specialist in this area include:
- an understanding of the science relating to environmental change
- an ability to interpret data
- knowledge of current and emerging technologies
- capabilities to design and conduct research
- communication skills for a wide range of audiences
- ability to function with a high-level of autonomy
This program has been designed to provide you with these skills, giving you a competitive edge in the current environmental industry job market.
Development of these attributes will be an integral part of your progression through the program.
A research project toward during the final year of your studies will consolidate your learning.
The main modes of delivery will be through lectures, online delivery, tutorials and some laboratory and field work.
All courses will have an online presence.
You will be expected to contribute to tutorial discussions as professionals.
There will be some field work in intensive mode.
Throughout this program there will be opportunities for you to interact with industry and the community.
Several courses invite industry partners to participate in the delivery of classroom activities and provide opportunities for research projects.
These activities will include the development of project proposals, working with clients and risk management.
Opportunities for projects may come from industries such as landfill operations, water and catchment management, and contaminated land management.
There may also be opportunities to work with government agencies such as the EPA; CSIRO; Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; and Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
The Master of Environmental Science and Technology consists of 192 credit points. After completing 96 credit points of study approved by the program manager, you may exit with a graduate diploma.
You will complete six compulsory courses preparing you to operate as a professional in the environmental sector, manage projects and carry out research.
You will study fundamental science and technology in classes and workshops. You will also learn about new and developing sustainable technologies and environmental protection methods.
You will also complete two elective courses allowing you to undertake studies to suit your specific interests.
You will do a research project in your interest area and complete a range of science and technology electives.
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Program code: MC191
The growing global focus on environmental issues has led to a considerable expansion in environment-related jobs.
Employment growth in the field has grown considerably over the last five years, so professionals with a postgraduate qualification in environmental science and technology are in high demand.
Graduates with a multidisciplinary skill set have a broad range of career options within the public and private sectors including environmental management, research, and policy development.
There is a shortage of qualified environmental science professionals who can provide high-level advice to workplaces including environmental consultancies, government agencies, resource management, research and education, oil, mining and manufacturing industries.
The Master of Environmental Science and Technology will satisfy the educational component of the requirements to become a certified environmental practitioner.
Graduates can become members of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) which offers certification and provides access to a wide professional network, workshops, seminars, conferences and publications.
You must have completed a bachelor or master by coursework degree in science or engineering with a GPA greater than 2.0 out of 4.0.
International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).
In 2018, if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,444 and AU$10,754.
The indicative annual tuition fee for full-fee places in 2018 is AU$29,760.
How much you’ll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place or a full-fee place. Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs). Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
Fees shown above apply to 2018 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 96 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
In 2018, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,444 and AU$10,754. As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
For further information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.