Master of Education (Social Ecology)



Delivery ModeMulti Modal
Duration 2-3P
Intake Information
Quarter 1 (January);
Quarter 3 (July)
Apply Direct Code1723.2
UAC Code950770
Fee Information

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


This course is not open to student visa holders. Current and prospective student visa holders should visit the Western Sydney University International site for courses available to them.

Overseas students on other visas permitting onshore study can apply directly though International Admissions.


The Master of Education (Social Ecology) examines recent developments in inter-relationships between the personal, social, environmental and spiritual domains. It works with an understanding that everything we do as individuals affects others; that we are parts of the systems in which we live and take responsibility for. 

In this degree you will develop an advanced understanding of social-ecological theory and apply it using critical thinking, creative practice and effective communication. Key themes include transformative learning and leadership, applied imagination and creativity, environmental education, social action and advocacy, community development, ecological learning systems, indigenous ways of knowing, eco-psychology and the emergent characteristics of complexity, systemics and ecological understanding.

This course applies ecological insights to focussed learning environments. It brings new learning, appropriate to a society facing the effects of changes in ecological relationships, through climate change. You will also develop an understanding of research principles and methods appropriate to the field to justify and interpret social-ecological insights, contribute to scholarship in the field and make that scholarships available to a non-specialised audience.

This part-time course is undertaken through a combination of face-to-face and online activities. A four-day intensive teaching session is held in January and July each year, with an additional mid-semester one day workshop. Students are then able to complete further learning activities online in a place and time that is convenient for them.


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Career Opportunities for Master of Education (Social Ecology)

This program works with people who work with people: from environmental educators, corporate trainers and facilitators, counsellors and psychotherapists to community workers and independent consultants. Graduates work in local government, the community sector, NGOs and independent environmental organisations. They work in Indigenous community settings, in human resources and in counselling and welfare services. Some are full-time environmental activists.

This degree attracts similar types of professionals: those working as educators in schools, community, political, environmental, health, business and religious settings. Others are drawn to the course to ground their particular yearnings for community and relevance. For some, the motivation to enrol is personal fulfilment rather than the desire for a professional qualification.

Local Government

You will assist politicians, community members and government staff to appreciate and implement environmental strategies. You may work as a consultant for workplace relationships, conduct workshops and advise on strategies.

Non-government organisations

This expertise is vital in NGOs to establish and maintain healthy workplace ethics and attitudes. Work may include advocacy, consultancy and administration within the organisation.

Environmental organisations

Roles may include working as an educator or researcher within a particular organisation.

Academic Profile

Doctor David Wright

David works through the Social Ecology group in the School of Education. He teaches in the Masters of Education program and the Education Studies major in units concered with transformative, ecological and holistic approaches to learning. He has a background in writing for performance and drama and performance studies and brings this to work in his thinking about learning and social-ecological relationships. David is currently Academ…

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How to apply

If you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident, you can apply online directly to Western (opens in a new window) for postgraduate coursework in Arts and Humanities, Business, Creative Industries, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Law, Computing and Information Technology, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences, TESOL, Interpreting and Translation or Therapeutic Studies and Counselling. Applications can also be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window).

Applications made directly to Western do not have an application fee.

You can manage your existing direct applications via the Western application portal (opens in a new window) or via UAC.(opens in a new window)

Step by step instructions are available on the How to Apply pages.