Master of Environmental Management (MEM)


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Program Description

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)


  • Casuarina Campus
  • External Studies

This course provides postgraduate education for existing and future professionals on the background, principles and practices of environmental management, particularly in the context of wet-dry and semi-arid tropical ecosystems. The generic skills concepts and applications covered in this course are also highly relevant to those working in other ecosystems. The course also includes a focus on the social context within which environmental management takes place.

Specific objectives of this course include providing a program that is flexible and caters to the needs of individual students. The flexibility of unit selection means students can undertake the course fully externally or internally, or a combination of both, depending on unit selection. Internally enrolled students attend tutorials on campus while having full access to the materials provided to external students. Small class sizes mean that all students have ready access to staff, via collegial distance or face-to-face interactions.

While all candidates will enrol into the Master program, alternative exit points are available after one semester of study (Graduate Certificate) or two semesters of study (Graduate Diploma), subject to the candidate completing two or four specialist electives, respectively.

Student-centred, resource and activity-based learning materials provide a stimulating program that is balanced between updating content knowledge and technical skills, developing conceptual skills, and the application of these for natural resource management within its social context. The program continues to respond to the changing needs of employers and other stakeholders, with the latest outcomes of regional research incorporated into learning materials.

Graduates of this course may seek employment in areas of research or environmental and natural resources management, within regional natural resource management agencies, environmental NGOs, Indigenous natural resources management organisations, consultancy firms or the resources sector. Students with consistently high grades and a high-quality research project may be able to pursue a higher degree by research.

Cross-institutional partnerships.

In addition to CDU units, we also support students selecting electives from other universities with which we have program-level agreements. These include University of Greenwich (UK), James Cook University (Australia) and The University of Adelaide (Australia). We are currently developing agreements with the University of Illinois-Springfield (USA) and Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia).

Admission Requirements

The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) receives and processes applications for admission to Charles Darwin University Higher Education prospective students.

Successful completion of a recognised bachelors degree, graduate diploma or honours degree or equivalents in a relevant field, such as biological science, earth science, environmental engineering, environmental science, geography, geographic information, sustainability studies or another discipline as deemed appropriate. Applicants who hold a degree, not in the disciplines listed above may be considered on the basis of relevant professional experience.

English Language Requirements for International Students

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Professional Recognition

Graduates may seek professional membership to associations such as the Australian Rangelands Society, Ecological Society of Australia, Environment Institute of Australia, and state weed science societies, for example.

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More than 120 years ago, Banjo Paterson described the Northern Territory as a “vast wild land, full of huge possibilities”.And he was right.So how did a relatively small population, spread sparsely ac ... Read More

More than 120 years ago, Banjo Paterson described the Northern Territory as a “vast wild land, full of huge possibilities”.And he was right.So how did a relatively small population, spread sparsely across an area, one–fifth the land mass of Australia, with little educational resources to speak of, turn those possibilities into a reality?By creating a study environment where the freedom exists for people to evolve their lives.Today this environment is captured at Charles Darwin University (CDU). Read less
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