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Master of Environmental Management and Development

A single one year graduate degree offered by the Crawford School of Public Policy

  • Length 1 years full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
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  • Academic plan 7804XMENVD
  • CRICOS code 029997M

The Master of Environmental Management and Development is an interdisciplinary degree comprising coursework or coursework and research, that allows students to develop a program of advanced learning.


The program comprises compulsory courses in core topic areas covering environmental governance, environmental economics, environmental assessment and research methods. Elective courses can be selected from a wide range of topics to meet individual students' needs and interests, including economics and business, water management, biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, governance and policy, climate change, society and the environment, and law and policy. The courses focus on the theoretical and practical decision aspects of achieving the goals of economic viability, social acceptability and environmental sustainability within differing social and political contexts.


Master of Environmental Management and Development graduates can expect to: 

  • gain a high level of knowledge of the main theories and approaches of environmental and natural resource management and development;
  • gain proficiency in the application of social science and economic tools applied to environmental problems;
  • develop independent learning, analytical and research, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills;
  • develop networks relevant to their academic and professional interests; and
  • be better placed to respond to the challenges of sustainable development through their chosen careers.

8 courses (1 Year full -time or 2 to 4 years part time)
Intake in Semester 1 and 2
Coursework only or Coursework and Research Project degree options

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

The Master of Environmental Management and Development provides professional grounding to middle and senior level administrators in the analysis of natural resource management and environmental issues. Depending on your chosen specialisation as a master graduate, you will have competence to work in areas of policy development, conservation, environmental and social impact assessment, environmental systems modelling, forestry in national development, human ecology, land degradation, land, park and resource and soil management, sustainable agriculture and development, urban systems and water resources and management. Opportunities will arise throughout the public service, business and non-government organisations in Australia or your home country and in international organisations including the World Bank, the World Wildlife Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, amongst many others.

Admission Requirements


Bachelor Honours degree or Graduate Diploma in a cognate area with an average of 65%; or Graduate Certificate in a cognate area with an average of 70%

Program Requirements

The Master of Environmental Management and Development requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of EMDV8102 - Research Methods for Environmental Management 

6 units from completion of capstone courses from the following list:
CRWF8000 - Government, Markets and Global Change
EMDV8104 - Environmental Governance
6 units from completion of economics courses from the following list:
EMDV8002 - Methods for Environmental Decision-Making
EMDV8012 - Ecological Economics and Policy
6 units from completion of impact assessment courses from the following list:
EMDV8103 - Environmental Assessment
ANTH8028 - Introduction to Social Impact Studies
Students may also choose to include a research component, which will have to be approved by the Program Convener. The research component includes the course EMDV8008 Research Proposal and EMDV8066 Research Project (12 units). The Research Proposal is a pre-requisite for the Research Project.
24 units from completion of courses from the following list:
ANTH8007 - Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development 
ANTH8028 - Introduction to Social Impact Studies
ANTH8038 - Introduction to Gender and Development 
ANTH8047 - Introduction to Indigenous Environments 
CRWF8000 - Government, Markets and Global Change
CRWF8003 - International Water Politics 
CRWF8004 - Case Studies in Economic Policy 
CRWF8006 - International Climate Change Policy and Economics 
CRWF8011 - The Global Trading System 
CRWF8014 - Domestic climate change policy and economics 
CRWF8016 - Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy 
DEMO8088 - Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development 
EMDV8002 - Methods for Environmental Decision-Making
EMDV8008 - Research Proposal 
EMDV8012 - Ecological Economics and Policy
EMDV8066 - Research Project 
EMDV8103 - Environmental Assessment
EMDV8104 - Environmental Governance
HGEO8002 - Disaster Risk Reduction and Management 
IDEC8018 - Agricultural Economics and Resource Policy 
IDEC8022 - Economic Development 
IDEC8053 - Environmental Economics 
IDEC8088 - Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis 
LAWS8123 - Water Resources Law 
LAWS8180 - International Climate Law 
LAWS8189 - Fundamentals of Environmental Law 
POGO8004 - Poverty Reduction 
POGO8032 - Comparative Public Sector Management 
POGO8076 - Corruption and Anti-corruption 
POGO8081 - Economics for Government 
POGO8082 - Political Institutions and Policy Processes 
POGO8083 - Policy Advocacy 
POGO8095 - Development Policy and Practice 

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major,  minor or specialisation.

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.

Additional Information

Students may select a research component that involves preparing a research proposal and carrying out a research project. This component strengthens graduates’ capacity to carry out research as well as to assess research undertaken by others. This component is particularly beneficial to students interested in continuing their studies through doctoral research. Back to the top

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