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 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

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

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.

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

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.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

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.

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

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 Associate Professor Cris Brack, who is the program convener for the Master of Environment (Research) program.

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: or

Phone: 02 6125 6769

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website

This will help you plan your degree. Your program convener will also take a copy of this form after your discussion.

Further enrolment information can also be found here and here

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


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