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Master of Environmental Management and Development

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MEMDV
  • CRICOS code 082296M
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MEMDV
  • CRICOS code 082296M

Program Requirements

The Master of Environmental Management and Development requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

Completion of the following pre-sessional component:

CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy

EMDV7901 Graduate Preparatory Environmental Science

EMDV7902 Graduate Preparatory Environmental Economics


24 units from completion of the following Introductory compulsory courses:

EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources*

EMDV8013 Issues in Development and Environment *

EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics *

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance *

6 units from completion of the following compulsory course:

EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management *


A minimum of 6 units from the following courses:

EMDV8008 Research Proposal *

EMDV8066 Research Project *

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

EMDV8015 Wet Tropics Cairns Applied Research Workshop

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods *

EMDV8014 Research in Climate Change Policy and Economics *


36 units from the following courses:

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development *

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development *

ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment *

ANTH8107 The World Bank and the Organisation of Development *

EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development

EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications

EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions *

EMDV8011 Payments for Environmental Services *

EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy *

EMDV8079 Water Conflicts *

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics *

EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics *

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy *

EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment *

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management *


A maximum of 24 units from the following courses:

ANTH6009 Culture and Development

ANTH8049 Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programs *

ANTH8009 Development in Practice *

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics *

BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting

CHMD8020 The Future of Food and Human Health *

DEMO8088 Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS6528 Environmental Policy

ENVS6555 Water Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

IDEC8001 Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis

IDEC8003 Issues in Development Policy

IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy

IDEC8008 Open Economy Macroeconomics, Finance, and Development

IDEC8018 Agricultural Economics and Resource Policy

IDEC8022 Economic Development

IDEC8025 Empirical Public Finance

IDEC8053 Environmental Economics

IDEC8089 Energy Economics

LAWS8123 Water Resources Law

LAWS8180 International Climate Law

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8032 Comparative Public Sector Management

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption

POGO8083 Policy Advocacy

POGO8115 Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime

POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy

POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance

Courses other than those listed can be taken as electives with approval from the Program Director

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Economics, Development Studies, Biodiversity Conservation, Geography, Human Ecology, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Sociology, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development.

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units of credit. Credit for relevant work experience may be considered and will be determined in accordance with the University’s Credit Policy and Procedure

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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.

The Master of Environmental Management and Development will boost your career in natural resource management and environmental policy, and improve your professional ability to respond to the complex challenges of sustainable development.

Offered by the internationally-renowned Crawford School, the program will equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills you need to contribute to the goals of economic viability, social acceptability and environmental sustainability in different social and political contexts.

Focus areas include biodiversity conservation, food security, climate change, social impacts, environmental governance, and management of primary resources such as water, fisheries, forests, and minerals. A wide range of elective courses from across ANU is also available. Credit and exemptions may be given for prior study and work experience, including to the pre-sessional program.

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. identify and critically analyse complex environmental and development problems and the key issues that comprise them;
  2. demonstrate theoretical knowledge, research and practical professional skills, together with an appreciation of how they inform and shape debate, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses;
  3. understand, synthesise and explain contemporary environment and development policy issues from alternative disciplinary and social perspectives, and an appreciation of context;
  4. articulate ideas clearly and communicate these persuasively in a range of formats to diverse audiences;
  5. contribute to social, economic and environmental wellbeing.

Further Information

Further information regarding credit options can be found at:
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