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Master of Energy Change (Advanced)

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

The Master of Energy Change (Advanced) is a multi-disciplinary coursework and research degree which will provide you with both a strong basis in the fundamental areas related to energy change, as well as allowing you to undertake advanced courses and research in areas suited to your individual interests. A major key to addressing climate change is the need for a world-wide change to carbon-free forms of energy production. Our program brings together the wide-ranging expertise present at ANU to cover policy, legal, environmental and regulatory aspects of energy change, underpinned by a fundamental scientific and technical base.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The need for energy change is well-established yet there are relatively few people with an effective overview or the multi-disciplinary skills needed to effectively contribute to this complex issue.

Depending on the area of study and specialisation our graduates find work in government, policy, scientific research, development and aid organisations, multi-national companies, and many other exciting fields. This progressive program is also a pathway to gain entry into a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the program, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories relating to energy
  2. Apply multi-disciplinary approaches to address complex real-world energy-related problems
  3. Demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge in subjects relevant to energy and climate change.
  4. Communicate effectively with colleagues, other professionals and the broader community using a range of communication media and tools
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and carry out research in the area of energy climate change and/or sustainability, and collate data into a thesis,
  6. Communicate own research work to peers and research scientists.

Research Strengths

The ANU provides authoritative leadership in energy change research through a broad portfolio of major, internationally recognised fields of energy diversification, and by addressing key issues surrounding energy implementation.

Research in Energy Change at ANU covers a complete spectrum from energy science, engineering, efficiency and technology, to implementation expertise in the economic, legal, sociological and policy issues surrounding Energy Change.

This broad portfolio of research activity is unique in the country.  For more details of our research activities, see

Further Information

New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information: .

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.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 up to 24 units (1 semester full-time) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (1 year full-time) of credit.


Cognate disciplnes

Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Sociology

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students


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 Energy Change requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ENGN6516 Energy Resources and Renewable Technologies

PHYS8013 Principles of Energy Generation and Transformation


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

POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law


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

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8081 Domestic climate change policy and economics

IDEC8089 Energy Economics


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

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation


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

ENGN6410 Engineering Sustainable Systems

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action


A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting

COMP7310 ICT Sustainability

ECON8040 Resource and Environmental Economics

EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making

EMDV8013 Issues in Development and Environment

EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics

EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources

EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science

ENGN6224 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

ENGN6334 Semiconductors

ENGN6524 Photovoltaic Technologies

ENGN6525 Solar Thermal Technologies

ENGN8526 Photovoltaic module manufacturing

ENGN8527 Advanced Topics in Solar Energy Technologies

ENGN8602 Research Project

ENGN8831 Integration of Renewable Energy into Power Systems and Microgrids

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8016 Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction

ENVS8049 Independent Research Project

IDEC8001 Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis

LAWS8037 Sustainable Energy Law

LAWS8180 International Climate Law

LAWS8181 Australian Climate Law

MGMT7007 Managing for Sustainability

PHYS6301 Wind Energy

PHYS8202 Reactor Science

PHYS8205 Nuclear Fuel Cycle

SCOM6027 Science and Public Policy

SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication


24 units from completion of SCNC8021 Science Research Project

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of courses attempted, and have the approval of an identified supervisor to enrol in SCNC8021 Science Research Project

Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark or do not have the approval of an identified supervisor will be transferred to the Master of Energy Change.

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