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Master of Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences)

University of Tasmania
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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30,950 AUD

Program description

Master of Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences)

The ongoing sustainable development of our society requires skilled people with the knowledge and capacity to provide innovative, data led solutions to complex environmental management challenges.

Professionals who can combine an understanding of our environment, both past and present, with the need to manage sustainable development of urban and natural areas. Graduates of this degree will be able to monitor and understand changes to environments over time, including forests, rivers, marshes or wetlands, and then work with planners to both protect what remains, and aim to reverse negative changes in collaboration with sustainable growth.

This specialist degree combines the University of Tasmania’s key strengths in both environmental management and spatial sciences, for which we’re ranked in the Top 100* globally. The use of spatial data, knowledge and information is central to approaching environmental management challenges at scale over coming decades.

Your learning experience makes you career ready by blending practical experiences across environmental management and spatial sciences through well-balanced fieldwork in Tasmania’s living laboratory, and class room teaching with the use of leading-edge industry standard field and computing equipment such as our drone lab.

"Is this the degree for me?"

The course attracts people who love to work in both indoor and outdoor environment in solving the environmental management problems. It is highly suitable for both those who wish to develop new spatial sciences skills as well as those who are looking to refresh or up-skill to continue growing to the next stages in their career.

Course objectives

This course provides in-depth knowledge and skills in creating data driven, collaborative solutions to complex environmental problems. The spatial knowledge and skills you develop will help you to become a global citizen who can adapt and enhance the cultural, Indigenous, natural and physical values in landscapes.

Our approach in building up spatially enabled and skilled graduates involves a unique combination of skills, knowledge and experience to understand environmental processes across both space and time, aka: spatial sciences. We develop your knowledge base from environmental science, policy, social science and other relevant disciplines.

Our graduates have both an understanding and empathy for environmental management and the skills to collect, analyse and visualise data so they can make productive planning contributions across scales, both time and size.

Admission requirements

This degree may be completed in 3 or 4 semesters depending on level of qualifications on entry, and discipline preparedness of the specific candidate. All applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate their qualification was conferred no longer that 10 years previously;
  2. Provide a written statement of purpose outlining the reasons for their chosen specialisation. Please note that the statement must be no more than 500 words in length and be written in your own words.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Schedule A

  • Placing Australia in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Catchment and Coastal Geomorphology
  • Natural Environment Field Techniques
  • Environmental Management
  • Geoheritage and Geotourism
  • Fire, Weeds and Ferals: Conserving Nature in Protected Areas
  • Conserving Nature in Landscapes
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Schedule B

  • Postgraduate Study Skills
  • Environmental Geographic Information Science A
  • Environmental Geographic Information Science B
  • Environmental Geographic Information Science C
  • Environmental Remote Sensing A
  • Environmental Remote Sensing B
  • Remote Sensing: Drone Photogrammetry
  • Planning and Managing for Sustainable Systems
  • Values, Politics and Environmental Practice
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Protected Area Planning and Management Systems

Schedule C

  • Research Thesis A
  • Research Thesis B
  • Professional Research Methods
  • Professional Research Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the sources of spatial data, methods of spatial data collection, data quality issues, and the processes required to effectively import, manage, visualise, analyse and present spatial datasets.
  • To design geographical information systems that take into account different data, information, and knowledge from various disciplines.
  • To practice in the discipline of geography and spatial sciences by ethical means, applying evidence-based knowledge and research techniques, including those associated with field work.
  • To communicate perspectives and knowledge in environmental and spatial sciences to specialist and non-specialist audiences using written, oral, cartographic, and other visual means.

Continuing studies

Students completing the thesis pathway of this course can also apply to undertake a PhD in Geomatic Engineering, Geography and Spatial Sciences, and other related fields.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are in high demand across all areas of the environmental management sector where there is a need of delivering spatial analysis and data visualisation of environmental processes to support decision making in conserving and managing natural, rural and urban environments.

Careers can be found in government at all levels, private consultancy, and community organisations, both in well-developed countries and cities as well as developing areas that are looking to integrate this knowledge to make good development decisions.

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University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

Tasmania is a place unlike any other.  Our island is a living laboratory where environment, industry and society are uniquely connected.  With 45% of the island being National Park or World Heritage listed it is a stunning place to get...

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Tasmania is unique and so are Tasmanians. We believe in our island. We embrace the unusual. And we love imagination.

From our vibrant cities to the stillness of our World Heritage-listed wilderness, our incredible island is a place of contrasts – and we embrace its character in everything we do.

We offer great courses in an extraordinary location, and our teaching is supported by world-leading research, so you know you’re getting direct access to the best expertise. We’re the only university in the state, which means you will get unparalleled access to industry connections through our institution’s partnerships.

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TAS 7001 Hobart

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