Master of Environmental Policy and Management

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

    Semester 1 - 21 Feb 2022

    Semester 2 - 18 Jul 2022

  • Qualification

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    1.5 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus or Online

Finding strategies to reduce the impact of humanity on our natural environment is one of the most important issues we face as a species. The Master of Environmental Policy and Management will prepare you to make a significant impact as you search for solutions.

Get ready to make a difference as you acquire advanced research and analysis skills as part of this Master's degree.

You will develop a balanced understanding of the socio-cultural, political and economic contexts that affect environmental management, and learn how these form part of decision-making.

How you’ll grow

  • Gain advanced knowledge and skills in research, critical evaluation, problem-solving and communication.
  • Hone the ability to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and issues.
  • Be able to confidently explore and interpret environmental governance and the range of policy, planning and management approaches.

Career opportunities

The Master of Environmental Policy and Management (MEPM) equips you with the skills for high-level environmental policy and management positions with government agencies, regional councils, environmental and business consultancies, industry organisations, businesses, non-governmental organisations and advocacy groups.

Programme information

Programme Structure

You’ll complete two compulsory courses (40 credits), one in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2.

You will also complete four or more courses (80 credits) chosen from a core list, plus up to three elective courses (60 credits) from the Master's degree courses offered across the university.


If you’re not sure whether you want to commit to a Master of Environmental Policy and Management, you can opt to staircase your degree.

This means starting with either a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science OR Environmental Management (one semester, three papers), OR a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science or Environmental Management (two semesters, six papers).

You can gain a Master of Environmental Policy and Management with only one more year of course work (after a Postgraduate Certificate) or one semester more (after a Postgraduate Diploma). 

A course advisor can assist you to select your courses and plan your degree.


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Lin Roberts

Dr Lin Roberts

Senior Lecturer

[email protected]

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