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Master of Sustainability Science MSSC

Program focus

Modern environment and natural resource management requires
the integration of social, environmental and economic research within
an interdisciplinary planning and policy framework. It also requires
a capacity to handle complexity and uncertainty and the application
of different methods of analysis and different approaches to governance
and community engagement. This coursework Masters program addresses
these needs by providing important core studies and flexibility in
choice of elective studies that will enhance their skills and knowledge
in the emerging discipline of sustainability science.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


1 year full-time, 4 years part-time maximum

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Program aims

This coursework Masters program aims to provide environmental
and resource managers and other professionals with appropriate formal
instruction to enhance their skills and knowledge in the emerging
discipline of sustainability science.

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Program objectives

On completion of the program graduates will be able to:

  • understand and apply the principles and approaches of sustainability

  • integrate the scientific foundations for sustainable development
    through environmental, social and economic disciplines

  • critically analyse multi-disciplinary information and data to
    provide informed decision-making in relation to resource management

  • understand global environmental systems and their influence
    on sustainable practices

  • critically assess emerging approaches to policy development
    and institutional arrangements to support sustainability

  • identify and establish strong links between science, effective
    community engagement and sound policy

  • demonstrate, through the breadth of their studies, an advanced
    understanding of issues, concepts and applications of sustainability
    science in environment and natural resource management

  • manage complex decision-making in the face of risk and uncertainty

  • advance their professional standing by incorporating contemporary
    scientific approaches to sustainable development.

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Program structure

The program contains five compulsory courses of one unit each
and three elective courses. At least four units of courses in the
program must be level 8. With the approval of the Program Coordinator,
students may apply to vary their program on the basis of prior study.

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Exit points

Students may exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability
Science on successful completion of the four compulsory courses as
required by that program.

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