Master of Natural Resource Management

Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management [exit point only]

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CSU’s Master of Natural Resource Management provides you with the advanced knowledge and skills to implement sustainable natural resource management. Graduates may work as consultants or staff for businesses involved in natural resource management, or in operational or policy roles for government agencies.

Australia's natural resources are under grave threat from climate change, water scarcity, land management pressures and inappropriate development. Upon completion of CSU’s Master of Natural Resource Management, you will have the ability to use your mastery of natural resource management, and knowledge of recent developments in the field, to address a range of novel and complex natural resource problems using both creativity and innovation.

Subject choices enable you to specialise in different aspects of conservation or management.

You also have the option of exiting the course with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, to gain a qualification that meets you needs.

What will I learn?

The course focuses strongly on real-world situations. A mix of biophysical and social sciences are provided as a pool of subjects. This allows you to create a tailor-made degree that suits their career aspirations.

CSU’s Master of Natural Resource Management is designed for students wanting advanced knowledge and skills in sustainable management of natural resources and an understanding of the latest developments in the field. As a graduate, you will be able to apply this knowledge to make sound independent judgements about how to manage natural resources in a range of contexts, including those that require creativity and innovation.

You may also choose to exit the Master with a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management on completion of 32 points (four subjects) or the Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management on completion of 64 points (eight subjects).

The exit points for the Master program at the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma level provide considerable flexibility allowing you to quickly gain the Natural Resource Management knowledge and qualification you need today, and to add to your credentials at a later date if necessary.

There may be a practical component associated with this course, depending on subjects selected.

Why this degree?

The course is recognised by every natural resource management agency in Australia. CSU works in close association with industry; professionals and government to ensure our courses meet and support their needs.

CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide our students with accessible, world-class education.

We develop holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. We give students the ability to influence the world for the better. As a CSU student, you will benefit from:

  • being taught by dedicated professionals with many years of collective experience in the field. Their research output is ranked by the Commonwealth government as being "above world class"
  • opportunities to gain practical experience from the very beginning using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that emphasise sustainable design
  • a library and world-class learning platforms that provide a broad range of literature and learning materials.

Flexible study options

CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide our students with accessible, world-class education. We have an excellent reputation for providing quality education delivered by dedicated academics with relevant industry experience.

At CSU, you can:

  • study at your own pace. While we regard two subjects as a normal part-time load, you are able to balance your work-life-study commitments by taking between one and four subjects in each session

  • study throughout the year. We offer a limited range of subjects in Session 3 (November to February) so you can speed your progress through the course

  • vary your pattern to suit your career aspirations. We understand you come to us because you want an interesting job. You can vary from the recommended pool of subjects to meet your needs and goals

  • take specialised subjects at other universities. You may be able to undertake cross-institutional study at other universities in areas outside our curriculum (e.g. marine studies)

  • recognise other learning. We can also give credit based on work experience as long as you provide evidence that you already have the skills and knowledge contained within a subject.

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

The objectives and learning outcomes for courses and subjects are linked to assessment tasks. Specific criteria and performance standards are identified and stated so that students understand clearly the level of performance required for each assessment task. Assessment may include practical exercises, essays and reports on applied topics, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Some subjects, particularly those teaching technical skills, have compulsory residential schools. If you choose these subjects you will be required to travel to Albury-Wodonga Campus for between two and four days to learn these skills during that session. Residential schools also provide you with the opportunity to meet other students, your lecturers, and learn from real life experiences in the environment.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.


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