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Department of Environment and Geography

Graduate School of the Environment (GSE)

The Graduate School of the Environment is one of the oldest, largest and most well known environmental schools in Australia. It was formally established in 1978 as the Centre for Environmental Studies and acquired its present name in 1989. It is located within Macquarie University's Department of Environment and Geography in the Faculty of Science.

Unit Guides and Summaries

Purpose and Programs

The GSE provides education and training in human-environment interactions.  Our programs are designed to develop the levels of professional expertise required to to critically respond to contemporary social and environmental challenges. Our graduates pursue careers oriented towards ecologically sustainable development via institutional and social change.  With the move towards a green economy our programs represent areas of rapidly increasing employer interest in Australia and internationally.

Our programs are designed to appeal to environmental professionals seeking to upgrade their knowledge; other professionals seeking a career change; and recent graduates seeking a career in the environment.  We attract a good mix of domestic and international students. 

We provide a wide range of degrees and courses to choose from that combine the natural and social sciences and develop intellectual, professional and practical skills.  Students can choose between papers that develop critical thinking skills through exposure to theory and philosophy; field-based papers that develop research skills; and practical papers that develop professional skills through accredited coursework and industry internships.  Many courses are taught in the evening and others are offered externally to fit the work schedules of our students.


The GSE has a very active research program and contributed to Macquarie's 5 star research ranking in the Environmental Sciences.  We receive funding from diverse government, industry and community sources, and local and international partners and collaborators. Major GSE research activities include:

The writing guide for current students can be found here: GSE Writing Guide.

Learning and Teaching Resources for climate change adaptation

The resources are designed for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.