Master of Education (Social Ecology)

Approved Abbreviation: MEd(SocEcol)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1723.2

AQF Level: 9

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 2018 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2015 to 2017 - please refer to 1723.1 Master of Education (Social Ecology)

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. 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.

Advanced standing

Advanced Standing for up to four units is available for students with:

  • a postgraduate qualification (AQF level 8) in education; Or
  • a postgraduate qualification (AQF Level 8) in any discipline plus 2 years FTE professional experience in related roles; Or
  • a bachelor qualification (AQF Level 7) plus 5 years full time of professional work experience in related roles.


Applicants for admission into the Master of Education (Social Ecology) must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline and 2 years full time equivalent of professional work experience in environmental studies, communication, media studies, public health or society and culture Or

must have successfully completed a graduate certificate (AQF level 8) or higher, in any discipline.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International applicants who are non-student visa holders, and are in a permissible visa category, must apply directly to the 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 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


Students must complete the following ten core units

Core Units

102152Social Ecology
101656Researching Practice
102163Professional Project

The following core units are offered in alternate years

101658Transformative Learning
102161Leading Change
102148Engaging Communities
101652Ecopsychology and Cultural Change
102165At the cultural interface - learning two ways
101651Applied Imagination


Any two units from the 1726 - Master of Education (Leadership) or 1720 - Master of Inclusive Education.

1726 - Master of Education (Leadership)

1720 - Master of Inclusive Education

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