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Master of Environmental Management and Development (Advanced)

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 VEMDV
  • CRICOS code 093288J
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VEMDV
  • CRICOS code 093288J

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

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

EMDV8008 Research Proposal
EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics         
EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources           
EMDV8013 Issues in Development and Environment
EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management
EMDV8104 Environmental Governance

A minimum of 24 units from completion of environment and development courses from the following list:

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods
ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development
ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment
CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change
EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment
EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making
EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy
EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development
EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy
EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications
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
EMDV8108 Applied Environmental and Resource Management
EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

A maximum of 12 units from completion of environment or development courses from the following list:

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

24 units from the completion of following research component:

EMDV8016 Master of Environmental Management and Development Sub-thesis

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 48 units of courses attempted and have the written approval of a supervisor for the research component to remain enrolled in the Master of Environmental Management and Development (Advanced).

Students who do not achieve a minimum of 70% weighted average mark or do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor will be transferred to the Master of Environmental Management and Development.

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. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and cognitive skills in Environmental Management and Development.

  2. Undertake strategic and policy analysis and be able to critically analyze, reflect on and synthesize complex environmental and development problems and the key issues that comprise them;

  3. Possess the theoretical knowledge, research and practical professional skills needed to access the academic literature relevant to contemporary environment and development policy issues

  4. Conduct high level, independent scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.

  5. Make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of environmental management and development.

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