Welcome to the Office for Environmental Programs (OEP). By studying with us, you are joining a passionate engaged learning community of scholars from all kinds of academic backgrounds and all around the globe.
The OEP 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.
We offer three degrees: the Master of Environment, the Graduate Diploma in Environment and the Graduate Certificate in Environment. Find out which one is right for you!
What's your special field of interest? At the OEP, you can choose one of our 11 named specialisations or tailor your own.
Here you'll find information about core subjects, capstone projects (including research, fieldwork, and internships) and subject clusters, helping you the navigate the hundreds of electives available.
Learn more about scholarships and awards for international and domestic students.
Download the 2020 OEP Prospectus
Our yearly publication introduces you to many aspects of studying at the OEP.
Our graduates go on to rewarding and varied careers. Here are some of their stories. Graduate
"After completing the Master of Environment degree I found many of the skills I had learnt and developed during my research project, such as project and time management, policy analysis, and engagement with academic, industry and government experts, became relevant during graduate interviews and assessment. I referred to my research project during various graduate programs, including the Victorian Public Service graduate program, where I received a position as a graduate project officer role at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), starting in January 2017."
Graduates of the program have extensive engagement with industry, government, and private enterprise. This is achieved through interactive seminars, work-integrated internships, applied research projects with partner organisations, and numerous networking events and opportunities.
The OEP is involved in organising a number of sustainability-focused events, including World Environment Day and Science Week, connecting with staff, students, student groups, and external stakeholders, 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.
We also compile a list of tips from our staff and students about leading sustainable households, workplaces, and communities.
If you would like to connect with the OEP, please contact us.
Virtual Office - Contact Us
The OEP is currently running a 'Virtual Office'. We are working from home, in line with the Government's COVID-19 measures.
However you can still contact us!
A/Prof David Kennedy
Dr Stephanie Lavau
Dr Georgia Garrard
Dr Geoff Binder
Based at Australia's best-ranked University, the OEP offers our country's leading professional environmental graduate degree. We have over 15 years of teaching excellence and our students have access to over 200 subject options from across 12 Faculties. Almost 1500 people have graduated from the program and they are highly sought 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.
Professional and interdisciplinary, our program is designed for future leaders in environment and sustainability fields. Graduates possess wide knowledge of environmental issues and comprehensive literacy in sustainability topics, along with deep skills in their areas of specialisation, which can include, for example, climate change, development, biophysical science, energy efficiency and modelling, and education and social change.
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.
Our Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB)
We are supported by a highly experienced Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB), comprised of representatives from industry, local government and not-for-profit sectors. Several of the board members are OEP alumni. The CIAB offers practical and immediate insights into current workforce trends and needs, as well as facilitating student interaction with their organisations and professional communities.
Your first steps in course planning and orientation as a new student in the Graduate Environmental Program.See more
Need help with your study plan? Here you'll find handy guides and support to design and manage your study plan, as well as enrollment troubleshooting.See more
Here you'll find important information about subject assessments, including how to apply for extensions and access academic support services.See more
Make the most of your studies! Join a club, undertake a study abroad program or apply for a scholarship!See more