Welcome to the Office for Environmental Programs (OEP). We are Australia’s leading professional environmental graduate degree program being based at Australia’s #1 University. We have over 15 years of teaching excellence, with students having access to over 200 subject options from across 12 Faculties. Over 1000 people have graduated from the program and they are highly sort after by employers with 89% in employment post graduation. The world-leading teaching and research excellence of The University of Melbourne, combined with a global alumni network makes the OEP the right choice for advancing your career in Environmental Sustainability.
The Graduate Environmental Program will develop your knowledge and skills for professional practice in environment or sustainability. Our graduate degrees are flexible and multidisciplinary; focused on developing a specialisation in a field of environmental practice and improving capacity to work across disciplines for environmental decision making.
Whether you're a recent graduate, a career changer or a graduate already in the workplace looking to develop new skills, we have a study option for youView Courses
Specialise in key environmental areas including energy efficiency, governance and policy, social change, climate change and moreView Specialisations
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Do more than just sit in a classroom. You can undertake research and industry projects, work placements and study internationallyView
The Office for Environmental Programs is involved in a range of engagement activities with both internal and external stakeholders.
We are supported by a highly experienced Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) comprised of representatives from Industry, local government and non-for profit sectors. Several of the board members are alumni. CIAB provide relevant, real-world experience to ensure that the program is designed to get the best outcomes for our students.
Our academic teaching team use innovative approaches to integrate the experiences of industry, local government and not-for-profit representatives into the classroom by running panel discussions and hypothetical discussions – an opportunity to connect with experts in the sustainability and environment space. Academics also provide leadership in a number of key sustainability forums such as the Sustainability Executive, and continually engage with industry and local government via research project supervision and collaborative projects.
The OEP is involved in organising a number of sustainability-focused events including World Environment Day and Science Week; connecting with staff, students and student groups, and external stakeholders, and providing a forum to share best practice. Our award ceremonies bring together high achieving students with high-profile donors and OEP Alumni are vocal ambassadors for the program, participating in expo events and webinars, and featuring in our marketing material.
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Community and Industry Advisory Board Members
Heather Campbell (Chair)
General Manager, Health Safety and Environment, CSIRO
General Manager, Corporate Strategy, Melbourne Water
Geoff Lawler, PSM
Director, City Planning and Infrastructure, City of Melbourne
Prof. John McKenzie, AM
Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the GEP, former Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne.
General Manager - Infrastructure and Development Services, Murrindindi Shire Council
Dr Chris Mitchell
Managing Director at Project Sea Dragon Pty Ltd
Executive Director, Environmental Protection Authority
Dr James Fitzsimons
Director of Conservation (Australia Program) The Nature Conservancy
Manager, Corporate Sustainability, VicSuper
Prof. Brendan Gleeson
Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
Dr Turlough Guerin
Science Editor, Australian Institute of Agriculture
Director, Climate Concern
Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services & EY Indigenous Reconciliation Leader (Ernst and Young)
EWB Challenge Program Coordinator, Engineers Without Borders Australia
Our program is professional and interdisciplinary, designed for future leaders in environment and sustainability fields. Graduates are ‘T-shaped’ professionals – individuals with wide knowledge of environmental issues and comprehensive literacy in sustainability topics, and deep skills in their areas of specialisation, which can include climate change and development, biophysical science, energy efficiency and modelling, and education and social change.
Beyond this, graduates of the program have extensive engagement with industry, government, and private enterprise, through interactive seminars, work-integrated internships, applied research projects with partner organisations, and numerous networking events and opportunities.
The program is presented and constantly refined in collaboration with our Community and Industry Advisory Board, who provide practical and immediate insights into current workforce trends and needs, and facilitate student interaction with their organisations and professional communities.
Our graduates go on to do amazing things…
Your first steps in course planning and orientation as a new student in the Graduate Environmental Program.View
Course Planning at the OEP
Course information and planning for current studentsView
Find out about subject options, subject clusters, research, internships and fieldwork here.View
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