single degree

Master of Environment (Advanced)

A single two year graduate award 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.
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies

Program Requirements

The Master of Environment (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following coursework component:

6 units from completion of ENVS8016 Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction


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

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society

ENVS8049 Independent Research Project


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

CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change

EMDV8079 Water Conflicts

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8081 Domestic climate change policy and 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

ENVS6315 Essentials of Environmental Law

ENVS6528 Environmental Policy

IDEC8053 Environmental Economics

IDEC8088 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Principles and Practice

IDEC8017 Econometric Techniques

IDEC8018 Agricultural Economics and Resource Policy

LAWS6503 Law and the Environment

LAWS8123 Water Resources Law

LAWS8146 Environmental Landuse Planning Law

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

LAWS8280 Biodiversity Law and Policy


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

EMDV8026 Introduction to Environmental Science

ENVS6022 Water Science

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6218 Environmental Science Field School

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

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

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science


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

ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development

ANTH8008 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods (Advanced)

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8014 Mining, Community and Society

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics

ANTH8021 Participatory Modelling for Development

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

ANTH8030 Critically Assessing Contemporary Development Practice

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development

ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development

EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications

EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6017 Vietnam Field School

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

ENVS6108 Sustainable Development

ENVS6205 Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice

POGO8008 Participation and Program Management

POGO8061 Gender and Policy


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

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics

EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making

EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management

EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment

ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment

MATH6103 Scientific and Industrial Modelling


48 units from completion of the following research component:

48 units from completion of ENVS8000 Masters Dissertation, as 12 or 24 units in sequential semesters


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

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 60%.

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 disciplines

Anthropology, Asia Pacific Studies, Biodiversity, Biology, Climate Change, Conservation Biology, Development Studies, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Indigenous Australian Studies, Natural Resource Management, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Public Health, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Science Communication, Sociology, Soil Science, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Water Science

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

Do you want to make a difference to the future of our environment? The Master of Environment (Advanced) is a flexible interdisciplinary coursework degree that allows you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests and skills in environment and sustainability. A broad-ranging suite of courses from across the University provide exposure to current perspectives on environmental issues and approaches. Areas of interest include environmental science and management, social and ecological linkages, environmental economics and governance, environmental policy, and integrative research methods. You will also develop depth of knowledge in a selected disciplinary area: available options include biodiversity conservation, climate science and policy, environmental policy, geography, human ecology, natural resource management, sustainability science, and water science and policy. You will also develop research expertise through completing a substantial dissertation, which constitutes appropriate research training for the PhD.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate both a broad knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges in environment and sustainability, and expert knowledge in an area of specialisation
  2. Independently apply their advanced knowledge and analytical, research, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills in professional practice in environment and sustainability
  3. Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding in environment and sustainability to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  4. Demonstrate that they have completed appropriate research training for further study

Further Information

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

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 the program convener (details below).

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:


Phone: 02 6125 6950

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your checklist. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found 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

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Cris Brack at

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