Department of Environmental Sciences

Department of Environmental Sciences

The Department of Environmental Sciences is a vibrant and dedicated group of academics and research students who conduct advanced and applied research in the fields of climate science, coastal and marine science, contaminant geochemistry, ecology, energy and atmospheric pollutants, environmental earth science, environmental management, environmental quality, geoarchaeology, geochronology, geomorphology, natural hazards, and spatial information science.

The department is committed to excellence in research, learning and teaching, and professional and community engagement.  In 2011, Macquarie University was ranked the top institution in Australia and New Zealand for research in environmental sciences and ecology, and 14th in the world.  Environmental Sciences was one of three disciplines at Macquarie to achieve the maximum rating (5 out of 5 ‘well above world standard’) in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) analysis.

The department hosts the Risk Frontiers Research Centre and the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES), and contributes to Climate Futures, the Genes to Geoscience Research Centre, and the Macquarie University Centre for Marine Research.  The department has:

  • Cutting-edge analytical equipment and facilities;
  • External funding to support environmental research;
  • Partnerships with government and non-government organisations for applied environmental research.


The Master of Environment and Master of Sustainable Development are two year programs designed for students who have Bachelor degrees in non-cognate areas who are being introduced to environmental issues, at an academic level, for the first time.  The Department has a long history of welcoming students seeking a career change or seeking to integrate environmental knowledge into their chosen fields.  Four new 600 level units are included in the two year Masters for these students.

Students who have undergraduate degrees that involve training in cognate areas – subjects related to the environment or sustainable development – can apply for Credit for Previous Studies (CPS).  If your application is successful your previous training is recognized and you are not required to undertake the four 600 level subjects.  As such the Masters degree can be completed more quickly – in 18 months rather than 2 years.

In 2015 we are convening the following Masters programs:

We also convene units for related programs convened by other Departments such as:


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