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Master of Education (Social Ecology)

Approved Abbreviation: MEd(SocEcol)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1723.1

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or later.

TThe 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. Students will develop an advanced understanding of social-ecological theory and apply it using critical thinking, creative practice and effective communication. They will 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 it available to a non-specialised audience. This course is delivered through a combination of online and intensive on campus teaching methods.

Study Mode
Two to three years part-time.

Course Advice

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Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusPart TimeMulti Modal See above

Advanced standing

Students with a postgraduate (Level 8) qualification OR a bachelor qualification (Level 7) plus 3 years full time of professional work experience can apply for up to 4 units Advanced Standing, assessed at the time of admission.


Applicants for admission into the Master of Education (Social Ecology) must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline

OR a diploma or higher, in any discipline AND 5 years professional work experience.

Additional Information for Applicants:

All local applicants must apply via the Universities Admission Centre (UAC), see


International applicants who are non-student visa holders, and are in a permissible visa category, must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL - 575 (minimum 4.5 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer based test - 232 (minimum 4.5 in essay writing)
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 89 (writing = 21 and all subtests = 18)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - (CAE)
  • Grade = B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Grade = C

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 12-month period prior to submitting an application.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate on completion of the relevant units.Refer to links below for structure requirements for these two exit awards.

1725 Graduate Diploma in Education (Social Ecology) - 80 credit points

1724 Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology)- 40 credit points

Recommended Sequence


Year 1 Semester 1

102152.1Social Ecology
101658.1Transformative Learning

Year 1 Semester 2

102161.1Leading Change
102148.1Engaging Communities

Year 2 Semester 1


Any one unit from the 1726 - Master of Education (Leadership) or 1720 - Master of Inclusive Education.

1726 - Master of Education (Leadership)

1720 - Master of Inclusive Education

Year 2 Semester 2

101652.1Ecopsychology and Cultural Change
102165.1At the cultural interface - learning two ways

Year 3 Semester 1

101651.1Applied Imagination
101656.2Researching Practice

Year 3 Semester 2

102163.1Professional Project

Any one unit from the 1726 - Med (Leadership) or 1720 - Master of Inclusive Education.

1726 - Master of Education (Leadership)

1720 - Master of Inclusive Education

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