• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Cristopher Brack
    • Dr Craig Strong
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
    Second Semester 2019
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This is an Masters Research course that starts before the official start of semester. In Sem 2, 2019 it will start on 15 July.

The dissertation presents a major piece of guided independent research on a topic agreed between the student and their supervisor. It typically involves a literature review and an appropriate form of critical analysis of sources of primary and /or secondary data; it may involve field and/or laboratory work. The dissertation must show evidence of wide reading and understanding,  of critical analysis and/or appropriate use of advanced research techniques. All students must attend relevant seminars, present at least one seminar, and comply with any other prescribed conditions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. plan, and engage in, an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic relevant to environment and society
  2. systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, apply appropriate techniques and draw appropriate conclusions
  3. engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
  4. appropriately apply qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation processes to original data
  5. understand and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources
  6. communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Other Information

Admission to the Masters dissertation requires completion of the 48 units of the Coursework component at Distinction level or better. A relevant research methods course must be completed. An Independent Research Project must be completed. Admission and the choice of research topic is dependent on the availability and agreement of an appropriate supervisor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The successful completion of the course requires presentation of research findings in an academic seminar; and the submission and successful examination of a dissertation. The course can be taken as a variable unit. As such, the scope and word limit of the dissertation will be customised as agreed between the student, convener and supervisor on commencement of enrolment. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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260 hours

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $640 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $910 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3150 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8147 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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