single degree

Master of Environment (Research)

A single 1.5 year graduate degree offered by the Fenner School of Environment and Society

  • Length 1.5 years full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
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  • Academic contact
  • Mode of delivery
    • Internal

If you are interested in starting your studies in 2015, please look at the 2015 programs on offer . Otherwise, this program is available for applications until spring session, 2014

Our program is structured around a core of courses selected to provide a breadth of current perspectives on environmental issues and approaches, plus the development of a greater depth of knowledge in your specialisation.

The ANU Master of Environment allows you to take courses from across the University, so you are sure to access the vast range of opportunities we have within the environment and sustainability domains.

Specialisations also develop students’ analytical and communication skills through conducting independent research for a major essay or sub-thesis.

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of our program are well placed to move into their chosen professional field. Graduates can also continue on with further study, such as a PhD.

Depending on the area of study and specialisation, our graduates find work in government, policy, scientific research, development and aid organisations, multi-national companies, mining and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Master of Environment (Research) graduates will:

  • have cognitive skills to demonstrate a broad knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges in environment and sustainability
  • be able to apply their knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities within broader contexts related to  environment and sustainability     
  • have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgements with incomplete and limited information, but that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgements     
  • be able to respond to the challenges of environment and sustainability through their chosen careers

Admission Requirements

Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline areas with an average of 70% in relevant later year courses.


International applicants must include referee reports from two professional referees.

Program Requirements

The program requires completion of 72 units comprising coursework and research components:
(a)  48 units of courses including:
18 units from three of the four general topic areas of Economics & Governance, Environmental Science, Society & Environment, and Research Methods to be selected from the indicative courses listed below.
30 approved units in an agreed area of specialisation chosen in consultation with a Program Convener from an extensive list of options.
For indicative approved and recommended courses see Annex 1 and 2 of the Fenner School Postgraduate Handbook.
A minimum of 12 units must be taken from relevant 8000 coded courses, including ENVS8049 Independent Research Project
Student must maintain an average of at least 70% in 36 of the 48 units of the Coursework component to continue to the Research component.
(b)  24 units of research to be taken either full time in one semester or part time over two semesters as ENVS8000F or ENVS8000P Masters Dissertation.
Indicative lists of courses in each of the four general topic areas are:
Economics & Governance
BUSI8042 Managing People and Organisations
CRWF8000 Government, Markets & Global Change
CRWF8001 Economic Globalisation and the Environment
CRWF8003 International Water Politics
CRWF8006 International Climate Change Policy Economics
CRWF8014 Domestic Climate Change Policy Economics
ECON8040 Resource and Environmental Economics
EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
EMDV8104 Environmental Governance
EMDV8108 Applied Environmental and Resource Management
ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy
ENVS6528 Environmental Policy
IDEC8053 Environmental Economics
IDEC8088 Applied Cost Benefit Analysis
IDEC8017 Econometric Techniques
IDEC8018 Agricultural Economics and Resource Policy
LAWS6503 Law and the Environment
LAWS8123 Water Resources Law
LAWS8146 Environmental Land use Planning Law
LAWS8201 Fundamentals of Environmental Law
LAWS8280 Biodiversity Law and Policy
Environmental Science
EMDV8026 Environmental Science for Managers
ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire
ENVS6022 Hydrology and Landforms for Natural Resource Management
ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment
ENVS6010 Australia’s Forests
ENVS6012 Sustainable Systems: Rural
ENVS6023 Vegetation and Soils: Landscape Co-evolution
ENVS6104 Australia's Environment
ENVS6302 Sustainable Agricultural Practices
ENVS6303 Climatology (biennial; next offered in 2012)
ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management
ENVS6307 Climate Change Science and Policy (biennial; next offered 2011)
ENVS6312 Geomorphology: landscape evolution under changing climate
ENVS6514 Ecological Restoration and Management
ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction
ENVS6555 Water Resource Management
ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes
ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation in modified Landscapes
ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
ENVS8005 Climate Change Science
Society & Environment
ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development
ANTH8008 Social Impact Studies in the Project Cycle
ANTH8009 Development in Practice
ANTH8014 Mining Projects and Indigenous Peoples
ANTH8019 Practical Studies in Social Analysis
ANTH8021 Modelling Human Ecosystems with Agents
ANTH8028 Introduction to Social Impact Studies
ANTH8029 Introduction to Australian Indigenous Policy
ANTH8030 Critically Assessing Contemporary Development Approaches
ANTH8038 Introduction to Gender and Development
ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development
ANTH8047 Resource Projects and Indigenous Peoples
EMDV8001 Environment Sustainability Health and Development
EMDV8007 Environmental Communications
EMDV8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific
EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources
ENVS6005 Sustainable Systems: Urban
ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change
ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability
ENVS6017 Vietnam Field School
ENVS6020 Human Ecology
ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management
ENVS6101 Resources, Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability
ENVS6108 Sustainable Development
ENVS6306 Human Futures
POGO8008 Participation and Program Management
POGO8061 Gender and Policy
Research Methods
ANTH8019 Practical Studies in Social Analysis\
EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-making
EMDV8102 Tools and Processes for Environmental and Resource Management
EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment
ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability
ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis
ENVS6025 Solving Complex Environmental Problems
ENVS6056 Quantitative Environmental Research Methods
ENVS6103 Environment and Society Research Methods
ENVS8049 Independent Research Project
MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment
MATH6103 Scientific and Industrial Modelling

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

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