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Master of Tropical Environmental Management (MTEM23)

About the Course
This course provides education and training for existing and future professionals on the background, principles and practices of tropical environmental management, particularly in the context of wet-dry and semi-arid tropical ecosystems. This externally offered course focuses on developing knowledge and skills necessary to understand the ecology, use of and sustainable management of tropical ecosystems.


Specific objectives of this course include providing a program which is flexible and balanced between course work, hands-on training and research and caters to the needs of individual students. The program responds to the changing needs of employers and other stakeholders in northern Australia and elsewhere and flexible delivery caters to a broad range of students with the latest outcomes of research in tropical ecology and management incorporated into teaching materials.


Graduates of this course may seek employment in areas of research and environmental management.


Course Structure
The structure consists of core units of study, a research project and elective units taken at a higher undergraduate level at Charles Darwin, or from postgraduate units offered by James Cook University, University of Queensland or elsewhere with the approval of the School of Environmental and Life Sciences.


Core units are: Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis, Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas, Natural Resources and Livelihoods (block mode unit), Landscape Ecology and GIS and Tropical Wetland Management (includes residential prior to semester 2, consisting of field work and data analysis sessions).


Several units in this program include fieldwork. This ensures that students gain first-hand knowledge of biologically rich and diverse tropical ecosystems and meet senior professionals active in the field of environmental management as well as CDU academic staff. Students have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in tropical savanna woodlands , monsoon rainforests, tropical wetlands and in the arid and semi-arid rangelands.


The research project involves supervision by Charles Darwin University staff members and students design, develop and implement a research project. Many of the projects are developed in collaboration with research and environmental management agencies, exposing students to professional practices in research and management.


Upon completion of this course, students may be eligible to comme


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 120 credit points.


Professional Recognition
Graduates may seek professional membership to associations such as the Australian Rangelands Society, Ecological Society of Australia and Environment Institute of Australia.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course may seek employment in areas of research and environmental management.


There are Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for International Students.

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