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Master of Forestry (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.

Are you ready to overcome professional challenges, find new opportunities and fast track your career in forestry?

The ANU Master of Forestry offers a flexible program of advanced learning for those with undergraduate qualifications in forestry, or those who have been working in forestry related fields and wish to gain graduate-level qualifications in forestry science.

The scope of the Master of Forestry is broad, reflecting the University’s diversity and strength in the area of environment and resource management as well as in forestry and the forest sciences.

You will be required to develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research and completion of a dissertation.

Commonwealth Supported Places

The ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Science offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for Australian students in graduate programs. For further information, please read the general information

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

ANU graduate forestry students are encouraged to participate in the National Forestry Masters Program. Graduates will have completed appropriate research training for entry to the PhD program. 

The forestry sector is both one of Australia's largest resource and manufacturing industries, and one of its most diverse. Foresters work from boardrooms to the bush, in conservation and production, and at scales from the paddock to the global. A career in forestry opens up a wide spectrum of opportunities around the world.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Forestry (Research) program can expect to

  • develop their independent learning, analytical and research, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills;
  • have better developed networks relevant to their academic and professional interests;
  • be better placed to respond to the challenges of environment and sustainability through their chosen careers; and
  • have completed appropriate research training for entry to the PhD

Admission Requirements

Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline area with an average of 70% in relevant later year courses.

Please note that all international applicants for the Master of Forestry (Research) need to include two referee reports with their application.

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 consists of 72 units comprising:

(a) 48 units of coursework including:

  • 36 units with ENVS, EMSC or BIOL prefixes and approved as relevant to Forestry or Forest Sciences;
  • a further 12 units relevant to forestry or the forest sciences

At least 12 out of 48 units must be taken from relevant 8000 coded courses, including ENVS8049 Independent Research Project.

Students must maintain an average of at least 70% in 36 of the 48 units of the program to continue into the research component.

(b) 24 units of research relevant to Forestry or Forest Sciences, to be taken full time in one semester or part time over two semesters. Students enrol in either ENVS8000F Master Dissertation (full-time enrolment) or ENVS8000P Master Dissertation (part-time enrolment).

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 Forestry (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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