Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation (Master)

University of Newcastle, Australia

Cricos: 00109J

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The award
Master

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February

International course fees
AUD 34960 per year

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About Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation at University of Newcastle, Australia

Are you an environmental practitioner who is concerned about the risks (human and ecological) associated with environmental pollution and wants to be involved in providing creative solutions to minimise those risks? The University of Newcastle's Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation can be the pathway to that position you've been dreaming of.

Providing you with specialised training in risk assessment and environmental remediation designed for the growing needs of the remediation industry both nationally and globally, this hands on practicals and research-focused program will help prepare you for your dream job.

Using a balanced approach that includes both hands on and case studies, you'll examine the core concepts, principles and techniques underlying environmental risk assessment and remediation. You'll learn how to assess a contaminated site including following guidelines for contaminated site assessment (e.g. NEPM-ASC) and jurisdictional legislation regulating management of contaminated land; carry out desktop research for preliminary site investigation(PSI), develop conceptual site models, produce a sampling plan for a detailed site investigation using data quality objectives (DQO's) and evaluate contaminated site data to identify contaminant fate and pathways and assess the risk presented by the contaminant(s) detected on site and determine the need for further investigation or remediation. In addition, you will learn the chemodynamics of environmental contaminants and review the latest remediation technologies. You will be given a research project in the field of environmental remediation, which will give you the opportunity to apply a systematic and scientific approach to problem solving. 

On completion, you'll be able to provide full site assessment reports that exceed client's expectation, provide innovative solutions to remediation and/or risk assessment problems and bring remediation projects to a successful conclusion.

Is it for you?

Environmental practitioners can have different backgrounds and their previous experience and knowledge often help shape the future direction of their careers. You may have a bachelor's degree in science or applied science (engineering) and now want to expand your skills and move into the growing field of environmental remediation. Or you may want to start a research career in the field of environmental chemistry, toxicology and technology. The University of Newcastle's Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation will provide you with specialized skills required by the growing needs of the remediation industry or the required skills to start a research pathway.

Careers

The University of Newcastle's Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation will prepare you for managing contaminated site(s) projects and developing remediation action plans for both private and public organisations. With a core focus on environmental risk assessment and remediation, you will have specialised and instrumental skills that will be highly valued by mining, property development and industrial sectors. Your capacity to work internationally will be supported by University's own reputation in the field.

You can also start a research career in the highly needed area of environmental remediation that will be highly valued by environmental research organisations.

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Entry requirements

Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental Science discipline (or cognate discipline) or a three Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with a minimum of 2 years relevant industry related experience are eligible to undertake a 160 unit program which can be completed in 2 years full time or 4 years part time.  

Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in an Environmental Science discipline (cognate discipline) with a minimum of 2 years relevant industry experience or a combination of a three year Bachelor degree in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with a 1 year Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8) in an Environmental Science discipline (cognate discipline) are eligible to undertake a 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time.  

Students with a four year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) with a minimum of 2 years relevant industry experience or a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a field other than Environmental Science (non-cognate discipline) but with at least 5 years relevant industry experience are eligible to undertake a 120 unit program which can be completed in 1.5 years full time or 3 years part time.  

Students with a four year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 8) in an Environmental Science discipline (cognate discipline) are eligible to undertake the 80 unit program which can be completed in 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

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