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Master of Environmental Science (Advanced)

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

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  • Length 2 years full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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Do you want to engage with current scientific understanding and explanations of environmental processes and issues? The Master of Environmental Science (Advanced) is a flexible program for those wishing to develop breadth in environmental science and its applications, and depth in biological, earth and marine 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 the environment, including environmental policy, management, administration, industry, services and research. You will also develop research expertise through completing a substantial dissertation, which constitutes appropriate research training for the PhD.

Career Options

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 expert knowledge in one or more of the biological sciences, earth and marine sciences and environmental and ecological sciences
  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
  4. Demonstrate that they have completed appropriate research training for further study

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 discipline

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

Program Requirements

The Master of Environmental Science (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, must consist of:

Either:

Environmental Biology

48 units from the completion of the Environmental Biology course BIOL8701 Research Project, which must be completed more than once in consecutive semesters

 

24 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

 

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

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Water Science

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia's Environment

ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6218 Environmental Science Field School

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6311 Severe Weather

ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society

ENVS8049 Independent Research Project

 

12 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 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: Short Research Project

EMSC6041 Seminar B: Short Research Project

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: an introduction to Earth system science

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

EMSC8707 Advanced Natural Hazards

 

Or:

Environmental and Ecological Science

48 units from the completion of the Environmental and Ecological Science course ENVS8000 Masters Dissertation, as 12 or 24 units in sequential semesters

 

24 units from the completion of Environmental and Ecological Science courses from the following list:

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Water Science

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia's Environment

ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6218 Environmental Science Field School

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6311 Severe Weather

ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

 

12 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

 

12 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 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: Short Research Project

EMSC6041 Seminar B: Short Research Project

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: an introduction to Earth system science

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

EMSC8707 Advanced Natural Hazards

 

Or:

Environmental Earth Science

48 units from the completion of the Environmental Earth Science course EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project, as 12 or 24 units in sequential semesters

 

24 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 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: Short Research Project

EMSC6041 Seminar B: Short Research Project

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: an 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 Advanced Natural Hazards

 

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

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Water Science

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia's Environment

ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6218 Environmental Science Field School

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6311 Severe Weather

ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society

ENVS8049 Independent Research Project

 

12 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

 

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

BIOL8701 Research Project

ENVS8000 Masters Dissertation

EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project

 

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

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$37,104.00
Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$27,840.00

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.

Additional Information

New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information: http://cmbe-cpms.anu.edu.au/study/2015-commonwealth-supported-places

In the Master of Environmental Science you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of environmental science across the biological, environmental and ecological and earth sciences, and to focus your learning in one of these three discipline areas.

Environmental Biology

The Environmental Biology focus is available to students with relevant prior learning in Biology. Courses in the Environmental Biology discipline area may require prior learning equivalent to first or second year undergraduate Biology and/or first year undergraduate Chemistry. Requirements for particular courses included in this discipline area must be discussed with the degree program convener prior to enrolment.

Environmental Biology includes the study of life from individual organisms and their adaptations to populations and ecosystems. Environmental biology is not only of intrinsic interest but has applications in areas from the management of agriculture to biodiversity and conservation. It is a rapidly changing field and a biologist of the future will need to be able to apply the knowledge they learn to new technologies and emerging issues.

In Environmental Biology you will learn to:

  • explain how environmental biology is an evidence-based discipline involving observation, experimentation and hypothesis testing and how it relates to other scientific disciplines
  • apply conceptual knowledge of environmental biology principles and processes to theoretical, experimental and professional contexts

 

Environmental and Ecological Science

The Environmental and Ecological Science focus is available to students with relevant prior learning in Environmental and/or Ecological Science. Prior learning requirements for particular courses included in the Environmental and Ecological Science discipline area must be discussed with the degree program convener prior to enrolment.

Environmental and Ecological Science explores the contemporary evidence-based information, explanation and decision-making that underpin environmental issues. You will be exposed to scientific techniques in theory construction and application, field methods and cutting-edge analytical and synthetic research techniques relevant to environmental practitioners, decision-makers and managers. The discipline area includes freshwater systems, biodiversity, food systems, sustainable agriculture, urban systems, forestry, soils, landscape management, fire, and climate variability and change.

In Environmental and Ecological Science you will learn to:

  • develop expertise in environmental and ecological science as an evidence-based discipline involving observation, experimentation and hypothesis testing
  • apply your conceptual knowledge of environmental and ecological science principles and processes in a range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary contexts
  • critically assess, reflect on and develop environmental and ecological information and apply it in theoretical, experimental and professional situations

 

Environmental Earth Science

The Environmental Earth Science focus is available to students with relevant prior learning in Earth Science. Courses in the Environmental Earth Science discipline area may require prior learning equivalent to first or second year undergraduate Earth Science, and first year undergraduate Chemistry and/or Mathematics. Requirements for particular courses included in this discipline area must be discussed with the degree program convener prior to enrolment.

Environmental Earth Science focuses on investigating the complexity of Earth systems. An increasingly important aspect of environmental earth science is the understanding of past and present climate systems through integrated studies of the interactions between the lithosphere, oceans, atmosphere and biosphere. Many other pressing environmental issues such as the supply of water and natural hazards are tightly related to the earth sciences. Courses can be chosen from a range of aspects of environmental earth science, to complement knowledge in other aspects of the environmental sciences.

In Environmental Earth Science you will learn to:

  • draw on diverse learning environments, from the field to the laboratory to the classroom by individual and group learning, combining field observation with theory
  • interpret data from a range of environmental earth science disciplines and relate them to current issues such as the supply of water, climate change and natural hazards
  • reconstruct past and present environments using water quality measurements and remains of organisms
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