Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation

The University of Melbourne

This program prepares students for a career in the forest and natural resource management sectors and establishes pathways for research. Students benefit from interdisciplinary collaborations within the University and with forest management, science organisations and educators nationally and internationally. The program utilises the southern hemisphere's largest and best equipped forest science teaching and research facility in Creswick. Students undertake a forest sector internship for advanced industry experience and establishment of networks for future employment, and have the opportunity to study abroad and undertake student exchange nationally and internationally. The program offers the freedom to complete up to 25% of subjects at another university in Australia or internationally.

Course Fee:

Australian: $63,501
International: $83,968

Entry Requirements:

A relevant bachelors degree with a weighted average of at least 75%, or equivalent, for a CSP, or 65%, or equivalent, for an Australian or international fee place; or an undergraduate degree in any area including at least 25 points in one or more of biology, chemistry, mathematics or statistics, or equivalent, and with a weighted average mark of at least 65%, or equivalent; or an undergraduate degree in any area and a Graduate Certificate in Environment with a weighted average mark of at least 65%, or equivalent; or a two-year associate degree or diploma in a relevant discipline and at least five years' relevant documented professional experience, and an appropriate level of performance on a test conducted by the selection committee to confirm generic skills necessary for successful study in the program.


200 credit point program comprising: 125 points of core subjects including at least 25 points of project, and 75 points of elective subject. Taught mainly in intensive 2 week blocks with supplementary off-campus study. Acceleration is possible by taking subjects in the summer, winter and semester breaks, subject to approval. Core: Trees in a Changing Climate, Forests, Carbon and Climate Change, Sustainable Forest Management, Forests and Water, Bushfire Planning and Management, Ecological Restoration.

Subjects you can Study:

Forest ecosystem science

Study Pathways:

Students with a four-year honours degree in a related discipline, or a Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Management may be eligible for up to 50 points advanced standing. Students with a four-year Forest Science (or equivalent) degree, or a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Management may be eligible for up to 100 points advanced standing.

Further information:

Graduates are employed in forest and environmental management; research and development; ecological consulting; timber management and processing; land-care and wildlife conservation; climate change science and policy; forest carbon investment and accounting; banking and other primary industry investment; and aid and development agencies in Australia or overseas. The entry test for those with a two-year associated degree or diploma and five years' experience is conducted by the Selection Committee to confirm generic skills necessary for successful study in the program.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Creswick No info Yes Online
Creswick No info Yes Full time 2 years
Creswick No info Yes Part time 4 years
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