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Environmental Science and Law


Master of Environmental Science and Law

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Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Master of Environmental Science and Law


2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is an advanced learning master's course.

4 Cross faculty management

The Deans of Science and Law shall jointly exercise authority in any matter concerning the course not otherwise dealt with in these resolutions.

5 Admission to candidature

With approval from the Dean, available places will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to the degree requires a Bachelor of Science in the discipline of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology, climate and atmospheric sciences, marine science, geology, geography, environmental studies, environmental engineering, agriculture or natural resource management with credit average from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

6 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Environmental Science and Law postgraduate coursework degree table. With the approval of the Dean and the program coordinator, candidates with special aims or interests may be allowed to substitute up to 12 credit points with relevant postgraduate units from outside the table.
To qualify for the award of the Master of Environmental Science and Law, a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:
18 credit points of core units of study; and
18 credit points of Environmental Science core units of study; and
18 credit points of Environmental Law core units of study; and
18 credit points of units of study selected from the remaining core units of study or elective units of study.

7 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2015 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2015 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2015 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2020, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.

Course overview

The Master of Environmental Science and Law program is a novel concept of undertaking dual courses in the fields of both Science and Law. The program is unique and is not available elsewhere. It provides science graduates with the opportunity of extending their scientific knowledge into the area of the environment, as well as acquiring new skills in the field of environmental law.

Course outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Environmental Science and Law graduates will possess a practical and theoretical background in aspects of Environmental Science and Environmental Law. This knowledge includes research and practical skills in these areas. The program is designed to integrate disciplines which are normally considered separately and which would be difficult to study outside of the Master of Environmental Science and Law program.