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Master of Environmental Science (Marine and Coastal Specialisation)

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points. DOMESTIC TYPICAL FEE RANGE - 2020 $6,684.00 - $11,155.00 / INTERNATIONAL TOTAL COURSE FEE - 2020 $78,200.00

The course is highly inter-disciplinary, providing students with a rigorous understanding of environmental processes, in parallel to studies in environmental policy and management approaches. Throughout the course students gain important skills in data analysis and interpretation, lab and field methods, plus GIS and remote sensing. Importantly, you will become an innovative thinker who can critically assess advanced research in your chosen area of specialisation, and integrate this with your knowledge of policy and cutting-edge technologies, to identify solutions for ensuring the long-term sustainability of our environment.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

 1. Check your chosen course is open to applications.

2. Ensure you meet the admission requirements for this course as detailed on the previous tab.

3. Ensure you meet our English language competency requirement and any course/major prerequisites.

4. Apply!

Grant opportunities

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Learning outcomes

Graduates from the Master of Environmental Science find employment in a range of areas including environmental consulting firms, Commonwealth and state agencies responsible for the environment, water, conservation, agriculture and food, and primary industries. Other employers are private sector firms working in the resources sector and non-government organisations. Our specialisations have been designed in consultation with the industry to ensure graduates are highly competent and sought-after in their chosen field.  One of the fastest growing areas of demand within the environmental sciences is for professionals with expertise in Geographical Information Science and how this can be applied to support environmental management. 


(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
(c) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation


(2) For the Marine and Coastal specialisation an applicant must have completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either marine, environmental, engineering, biological or physical sciences; or a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA


Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.


English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.


ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Conservation and environmental management
Marine Geology
Environmental protection technology
Marine spatial planning