Master of Ecotourism - Coursework

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Program Description

Master of Ecotourism - Coursework

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Master of Ecotourism - Coursework

Develop knowledge and skills needed to participate in the growing ecotourism (or nature-based) industry


The Master of Ecotourism provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the growing ecotourism (or nature-based) industry. A distinctive feature of the course is that it is delivered in Albany, in the south-west of Western Australia, an area that is known to be one of the most environmentally diverse, culturally rich regions with an impressive range of natural outdoor recreational opportunities and strong tourism industry partners. The environmental and social impacts of ecotourism are explored through selected case studies.

Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Ecotourism has a strong emphasis on field work, industry case studies and the development of partnerships with the tourism industry. Graduates will have the ability to manage existing ecotourism enterprises sustainably, as well as design and implement new ventures. Graduates will also be culturally aware and have knowledge of environmental law and policy pertinent to ecotourism.

The Master of Ecotourism covers the areas of:

  • The theory and practice of ecotourism
  • Understanding biodiversity and landscapes
  • Cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge
  • Interpretation and science communication
  • Environmental law, policy and planning


The Master of Ecotourism is offered by coursework.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course outlines for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the Faculty of Science website.

Career opportunities

Graduates will find employment at a range of commercial ecotourism enterprises both locally and abroad, as well as government agencies (e.g. Department of Parks and Wildlife), and could also become consultants.

Graduates will also be in a position to open their own businesses in ecotourism. Nature based tourism is the number one motivator for international and domestic travellers to travel in Australia according to Tourism Australia research. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization, recently highlighted the growing trend of consumers demanding more destinations and products that match their expectations as responsible and ethical. Australia is one of the leading nations in this type of tourism.

Related careers

  • Academic
  • Anthropologist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Curator - Gallery or Museum
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Recreation Officer

Further study opportunities

Students with a Master of Ecotourism may have the option to pursue further studies in research.


Find out what scholarships are available for new students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 5, 2016
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