Master of Education (Social Ecology)

Approved Abbreviation: MEd(SocEcol)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1723.3

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 2021 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 2018 to 2020 - please refer to 1723.2 Master of Education (Social Ecology)

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 their field Or
  • must have successfully completed a graduate certificate (AQF level 8) or higher, in any discipline Or
  • must have successfully completed a teaching qualification.

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 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 students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

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 in Education (Social Ecology) on completion of the relevant units. Refer to link below for structure requirements for this exit award.

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


Core Units (30 credit points)

102824Research Methods in Education
101656Researching Practice
102163Professional Project

Specialisation Units (40 credit points)

102152Social Ecology

Choose three of the following

101651Applied Imagination
102165At the cultural interface - learning two ways
101652Ecopsychology and Cultural Change

Note: Social Ecology is offered every year in 1H, all other specialisation units are offered in alternate years.

Elective Units

Students may choose from one to five electives (10 credit points – 50 credit points) (depending on advanced standing awarded) from the School of Education Master of Education program, or from postgraduate units on offer in other Schools. Please consult your Academic Course Advisor for unit options.

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