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Master of International Environmental Law

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This degree provides international and comparative studies across a wide range of environmental law topics. It gives you the opportunity to join world-class researchers on environmental law at the Centre for International and Environmental Law where you can participate in conferences, workshops and research projects.

Key features

  • Lets you specialise by studying one of the few degrees in international environmental law in the world
  • Broadens your perspective by working with students from both law and non-law backgrounds
  • Offers flexibility through internal or distance mode


North Ryde (Sydney)

Study mode

Full-time, Part-time

Attendance mode

Internal, External

Minimum course duration

1 year (full time)


Session 1 (March), Session 2 (August)

UAC Code

860768 - On-campus

860769 - by Distance

Suitable for

Both lawyers and non-lawyers such as business persons, environmental consultants, environmental scientists, workers in the resource or development sector, lawyers working in the environmental law and government law areas, or those wishing to work in these areas.

Entry requirements

• Australian Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent in relevant field • Minimum GPA of 2.50 (out of 4.00) • Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Work experience requirements

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 32
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this master

800 level or above Credit Points
Required LAW851 Climate Change Law 4
Required LAW853 Comparative Environmental Law 4
Required LAW860 International Environmental Law 4
Required LAW891 International Law 4
Required 8cp from LAW852 Trade and Environment Law (4)
LAW865 Biodiversity and Biotechnology Law (4)
LAW890 Law of International Organisations (4)
LAW892 Law of the Sea (4) 8
Required 8cp from LAW850 Sustainable Corporate Governance and Financing (4)
LAW852 Trade and Environment Law (4)
LAW855 Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (4)
LAW857 Environmental Litigation and Mediation (4)
LAW859 Heritage Law and Policy (4)
LAW861 Local Government and Planning Law (4)
LAW865 Biodiversity and Biotechnology Law (4)
LAW866 Indigenous Law and Natural Resource Management (4)
LAW867 Water and Marine Biodiversity Law (4)
LAW868 Electronic Commerce and the Law (4)
LAW869 Law, Globalisation and Cultural Transformations (4)
LAW879 Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (4)
LAW887 International Human Rights Law (4)
LAW888 International Dispute Settlement (4)
LAW889 International Trade and Finance (4)
LAW890 Law of International Organisations (4)
LAW892 Law of the Sea (4)
LAW895 Legal Research Dissertation (8) 8
Total credit points required to satisfy this master 32


  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2014 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.


Career Opportunities

Our students obtain a well-rounded qualification that opens the way to the variety of careers for which an understanding of international environmental law is relevant, including legal practice, private industry, commerce, government, non-government organisations, and education and community services. Our graduates also find work in federal and state politics, public service, business management and consultancy.


Our Graduates

Master of International Environmental Law and Master Environmental Law

Why choose Macquarie?

Why choose Macquarie for postgraduate study

Macquarie is renowned for excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching, our highly skilled graduates, and our first-class facilities. We offer: 

  • an education in the top two per cent of universities in the world, giving you an internationally recognised and respected degree
  • a campus in one of the largest business and technology precincts in the southern hemisphere, giving you the industry experience employers look for
  • state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including the most high-tech university library in Australia.
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Master of International Environmental Law

To study this degree, apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

1. Select your UAC Code:

860768 - On-campus

860769 - by Distance

2. Please check the course description in the on-line UAC guide as further documentation may be required for your application to be processed, e.g. a supplementary details form.

3. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Applications for Session 2, 2014 is open.

Please note: If you wish to articulate into a higher level of course with the exact same name and area of study (i.e., from a Postgraduate Certificate to a Postgraduate Diploma or from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Masters), you will need to make a new application direct to the university. Please complete the Coursework Direct Application.


If you have previously enrolled and would like to re-apply for the same course, you do not need to re-apply through UAC. Take the following steps to apply for readmission:

  1. Please see the postgraduate website for information on making an application for readmission.
  2. Print and complete the MQ Postgraduate Re-admission Form (PDF)
  3. View the Postgraduate Course List (PDF) for specific information required to complete the application form


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