Passionate about a specific interdisciplinary niche? Design a study plan to fit your interests
Coordinator: Professor David Kennedy
Co-coordinators: Dr Stephanie Lavau, Dr Georgia Garrard, and Gab Corbo-Perkins.
Employers in the environmental sector seek graduates who are able to integrate knowledge across disciplines, collaborate effectively in cross-disciplinary teams, and translate information for different audiences.
New areas of environmental specialisation are emerging that require synthesis of knowledge from historically distinct fields – for example, combining a knowledge of environmental sustainability with business entrepreneurship, drawing on knowledge of public health to improve landscape planning processes, or pursuing practices that require advanced knowledge of both energy systems and environmental law.
The tailored specialisation is designed to support students to develop skills for integration, collaboration and translation while gaining depth of knowledge in one or more fields of inquiry. The flexible structure enables students to tailor subject selection to meet personal learning objectives, developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
View full list of Tailored Specialisation subjects in the Handbook
Example Focus: Sustainable Business and Clean Energy
Energy for Sustainable Development
Climate Change Mitigation
Climate Change Politics and Policy
Environmental Policy Instruments
Public Policy Lobbying Strategies
Sustainable Business Practices
Industry Research Project
Partnerships for Sustainable Futures
Managing Innovation and Change
"I saw the Master of Environment program as an opportunity to not only build upon my existing knowledge and passion for addressing environmental issues, but also to combine this knowledge with an additional focus on sustainable business and clean energy. The flexibility within the degree structure, and particularly within the tailored specialisation, allowed me the freedom to explore these interests.
The multidisciplinary nature of the course attracts students from a board range of cultures and backgrounds, and I’ve relished the opportunity to interact with so many fascinating and knowledgeable individuals throughout my time here."
Example Focus: Sustainable Food Systems
Political Ecology of Development
Development Special Topic
The Politics of Food
Nom communicable Disease and Global Health
Securing Health and Sufficient Food
Nutrition Politics and Policy
International Child Health
Food Production in Urban Landscapes
Partnerships for Sustainable Futures
Study Abroad subject
" I originally trained as a curator but as I started out on that career path I became increasingly curious about the food system, I joined the youth food movement and soon wanted more. I hunted around a lot looking for study options available to me - I settled on the Master of Environment and moved to Melbourne. The Master of Environment has allowed me to focus in on sustainable food systems while allowing me to have a truly interdisciplinary experience. I've studied development subjects, food policy and public health, got my hands dirty doing horticulture at Burnley as well as studied overseas and undertaken a major research project. Taking such a broad view allowed me to understand the complexity of food systems and helped me identify my research interests. I'm about to start my PhD here in a topic I didn't even know existed when I started - nutrition politics. It has been a really rich experience studying with students from such different backgrounds and I'm sure the networks established during my time here will stay with me through life. Already with some of my student colleagues I've founded an organisation, The Fair Food Challenge - lobbying Australian Universities to adopt comprehensive food policies."