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Master of Environmental Science

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

MES
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies

Do you want to engage with current scientific understanding and explanations of environmental processes and issues? The Master of Environmental Science is a flexible program for those wishing to develop breadth in environmental science and its applications, and depth in aspects of one or more of the biological, earth and environmental and ecological sciences. This program is for those students wanting to increase their scientific and professional expertise for careers in many aspects of environmental science, including environmental policy, management, administration, industry, services and research.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate both a broad knowledge base in the environmental sciences and depth of knowledge in aspects of one or more of environmental biology, environmental earth science, and environmental and ecological science
  2. Independently apply their advanced knowledge and analytical, research, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills in professional practice in the environmental sciences
  3. Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding in the environmental sciences to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

Further Information

Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Environmental Science (Adv) and undertaking a 48 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements:

• achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework

• have the approval of an identified supervisor, and 

• have completed compulsory courses in the Master XXX(Advanced) 

 

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

 

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least 8 courses in cognate disciplines.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

Biology, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$24,816.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$33,168.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply 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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Environmental Science requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses.

A course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

The 96 units of courses must consist of:

Either:

A minimum of 12 units from completion of Environmental Biology courses from the following list:

BIOL8700 Research Proposal

BIOL8706 Biology Research Project

A maximum of 36 units from completion of Environmental Biology courses from the following list:

BIOL6002 Plants: Genes to Environment

BIOL6003 Plant Functional Diversity: Genomes to Biomes

BIOL6004 Population Ecology

BIOL6006 Principles of Genetics

BIOL6010 Field Studies in Behavioural Ecology

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6111 Australian Vertebrates

BIOL6113 Invertebrate Zoology

BIOL6116 Marine Ecology

BIOL6125 Plants and Global Climate Change

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL6177 Advances in Molecular Plant Science

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology

BIOL6202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

BIOL6206 Evolution of Biodiversity

BIOL6631 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Environmental and Ecological Science courses from the following list:

ENVS6005 Sustainable Systems: Urban

ENVS6010 Australia’s Forests

ENVS6012 Sustainable Systems: Rural

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Hydrology and Landforms for Natural Resource Management

ENVS6023 Vegetation and Soils: Landscape Co-evolution and Ecology

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia’s Environment

ENVS6203 Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science and Policy in Practice

ENVS6302 Sustainable Agricultural Practices

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science and Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Resource Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8006 Measuring Forest Carbon

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment and Society

ENVS8049 Independent Research Project

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Environmental Earth Science courses from the following list:

EMSC6014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

EMSC6015 Chemistry of Planet Earth

EMSC6019 Geobiology and the Evolution of Life on Earth

EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science

EMSC6023 Marine Biogeochemistry

EMSC6025 Groundwater

EMSC6027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change

EMSC6028 Coastal Environmental Earth Science

EMSC6032 Melting Polar Ice Sheets, Sea Level Variations and Climate Change

EMSC6040 Seminar A (3 units)

EMSC6041 Seminar B (3 units)

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: Introduction to Earth System Science

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

EMSC8707 Understanding Geological Hazards

Or:

A minimum of 12 units from completion of Environmental and Ecological Science courses from the following list:

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment and Society

ENVS8049 Independent Research Project

A maximum of 36 units from completion of Environmental and Ecological Science courses from the following list:

ENVS6005 Sustainable Systems: Urban

ENVS6010 Australia’s Forests

ENVS6012 Sustainable Systems: Rural

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Hydrology and Landforms for Natural Resource Management

ENVS6023 Vegetation and Soils: Landscape Co-evolution and Ecology

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia’s Environment

ENVS6203 Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science and Policy in Practice

ENVS6302 Sustainable Agricultural Practices

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science and Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Resource Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8006 Measuring Forest Carbon

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Environmental Biology courses from the following list:

BIOL6002 Plants: Genes to Environment

BIOL6003 Plant Functional Diversity: Genomes to Biomes

BIOL6004 Population Ecology

BIOL6006 Principles of Genetics

BIOL6010 Field Studies in Behavioural Ecology

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6111 Australian Vertebrates

BIOL6113 Invertebrate Zoology

BIOL6116 Marine Ecology

BIOL6125 Plants and Global Climate Change

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL6177 Advances in Molecular Plant Science

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology

BIOL6202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

BIOL6206 Evolution of Biodiversity

BIOL6631 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Environmental Earth Science courses from the following list:

EMSC6014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

EMSC6015 Chemistry of Planet Earth

EMSC6019 Geobiology and the Evolution of Life on Earth

EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science

EMSC6023 Marine Biogeochemistry

EMSC6025 Groundwater

EMSC6027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change

EMSC6028 Coastal Environmental Earth Science

EMSC6032 Melting Polar Ice Sheets, Sea Level Variations and Climate Change

EMSC6040 Seminar A (3 units)

EMSC6041 Seminar B (3 units)

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: Introduction to Earth System Science

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

EMSC8707 Understanding Geological Hazards

Or:

12 units from completion of the Environmental Earth Science course EMSC8030 Research Project (12 units)

36 units from completion of Environmental Earth Science courses from the following list:

EMSC6014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

EMSC6015 Chemistry of Planet Earth

EMSC6019 Geobiology and the Evolution of Life on Earth

EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science

EMSC6023 Marine Biogeochemistry

EMSC6025 Groundwater

EMSC6027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change

EMSC6028 Coastal Environmental Earth Science

EMSC6032 Melting Polar Ice Sheets, Sea Level Variations and Climate Change

EMSC6040 Seminar A (3 units)

EMSC6041 Seminar B (3 units)

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: Introduction to Earth System Science

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8022 Analytical Techniques

EMSC8023 Data Analysis

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

EMSC8707 Understanding Geological Hazards

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Environmental and Ecological Science courses from the following list:

ENVS6005 Sustainable Systems: Urban

ENVS6010 Australia’s Forests

ENVS6012 Sustainable Systems: Rural

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Hydrology and Landforms for Natural Resource Management

ENVS6023 Vegetation and Soils: Landscape Co-evolution and Ecology

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia’s Environment

ENVS6203 Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science and Policy in Practice

ENVS6302 Sustainable Agricultural Practices

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science and Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Resource Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8006 Measuring Forest Carbon

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment and Society

ENVS8049 Independent Research Project

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Environmental Biology courses from the following list:

BIOL6002 Plants: Genes to Environment

BIOL6003 Plant Functional Diversity: Genomes to Biomes

BIOL6004 Population Ecology

BIOL6006 Principles of Genetics

BIOL6010 Field Studies in Behavioural Ecology

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6111 Australian Vertebrates

BIOL6113 Invertebrate Zoology

BIOL6116 Marine Ecology

BIOL6125 Plants and Global Climate Change

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL6177 Advances in Molecular Plant Science

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology

BIOL6202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

BIOL6206 Evolution of Biodiversity

BIOL6631 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

A maximum of 24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH6026 Medical Anthropology

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters

ANTH8014 Mining Projects and Indigenous Peoples

ANTH8047 Resource Projects and Indigenous Peoples

ARCH6022 Long-term Biodiversity and Climate Change in Asia-Pacific

ARCH6108 Animals, Plants and People

BIAN6013 Human Evolution

BIAN6115 Race and Human Genetic Variation

BIAN6119 Nutrition, Disease and the Human Environment

BIAN6120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics

BIAN6124 Human Society as Animal Society: Sex, Conflict, Co-operation and Human Uniqueness

BIAN6510 Scientific Dating and Isotope analysis for Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology

BIAN6512 Ancient Health and Disease

BIAN6513 Primate Evolutionary Biology

BIAN6514 Primate Ecology and Behaviour

BIAN6515 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

BIAN6516 Research Design and Analysis in Biological Anthropology

BIAN6517 Human Skeletal Analysis

BIAN6518 Analysis of Mammalian Remains

BIAN6519 Ancient Medicine

BIAN6520 Primate Conservation Biology

ENGN6516 World Energy Resources and Renewable Technologies

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

ENVS6017 Vietnam Field School

ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy

ENVS6205 Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School

ENVS6528 Environmental Policy

ENVS8016 Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction

LAWS8037 Sustainable Energy Law

LAWS8111 Environmental Regulation

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

MATH6100 Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling

MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment

MATH6103 Scientific and Industrial Modelling

SCOM8021 Ethics, Issues and Consequences of Science

SCOM8027 Science and Public Policy

Students must have completed a minimum of 48 units in order to attempt courses from the following list:

BIOL8700 Research Proposal

BIOL8706 Biology Research Project

EMSC8030 Research Project (12 units)

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment and Society

ENVS8049 Independent Research Project

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: fennerschool-pgcw-academic-advice@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 6950

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your checklist. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here http://students.anu.edu.au/manage/enrol/coursework.php

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

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