single degree

Master of Climate Change

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MCLCH
  • CRICOS code 082373C
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MCLCH
  • CRICOS code 082373C

Program Requirements

The Master of Climate Change 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

A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMDV8013 Issues in Development and Environment
EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources
ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science
ENVS8016 Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction

A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics
EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics
ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy
ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

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

EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management
ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

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

EMDV8014 Research in Climate Change Policy and Economics
ENVS8013 Research in Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
EMDV8066 Research Project
ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society

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

EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications
EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making
EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy
EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development
EMDV8079 Water Politics on a Modified Planet
EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy
EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment
EMDV8104 Environmental Governance
EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems
ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change 
ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis
ENVS6205 Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School 
ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy
ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire
ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice
ENVS6303 Climatology
ENVS6311 Severe Weather
ENVS6315 Essentials of Environmental Law
ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS
ENVS6528 Environmental Policy
ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction
ENVS6555 Water Management

A maximum of 24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMDV8008 Research Proposal
EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
EMDV8011 Payments for Environmental Services
EMDV8015 The Eco-Cultural Tourism Workshop
EMDV8041 Special Topics in Environmental Management and Development
EMDV8108 Applied Environmental and Resource Management
ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society
ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability
ENVS6020 Human Ecology
ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders
ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation
ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology
ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring
ENVS6218 Environmental Science Field School
ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management
ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment
ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management
ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment
ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development
ANTH8107 The World Bank and the Organisation of Development        
ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods    
CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change
IDEC8001 Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis
IDEC8004 Sustainability and Ecological Economics
IDEC8022 Economic Development
IDEC8053 Environmental Economics
IDEC8089 Energy Economics
POGO8045 International Policymaking in the Shadow of the Future
POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: citizen engagement and public talk
POGO8403: Case studies in contemporary public policy
POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy
POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance
POGO8083 Policy Advocacy
EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards
ENGN6524 Photovoltaic Technologies
ARCH6022 Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change
BIOL6125 Plants and Global Climate Change
DEMO8088 Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development
BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting
MGMT7007 Managing for Sustainability
SCOM6027 Science and Public Policy
DIPL8009 Diplomacy in a Globalising World
POPH8318 Human Health, Environment and Climate Change
SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public
VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems
VCPG8002 Ignorance!

A maximum of 6 units from the following experiential courses:
ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)
CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging digital disruption
CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

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.

Application for course credits
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.  Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.

NOTE: This program is closed to International applicants for 2019

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 tackle one of the most important and complex environmental problems encountered by humankind? The ANU Master of Climate Change program offers significant breadth and depth of study in climate change science and policy, including economics, law, policy and governance aspects. You can develop a unique program of advanced learning suited to your individual background, interests, and career goals. The degree covers a core syllabus of climate impacts, adaptation, mitigation, climate change economics and policy including methodological approaches and practical application to current issues.  It is taught by some of Australia’s leading experts in climate change analysis. 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.

NOTE: This program is closed to International applicants for 2019

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 be able to:


1.    Apply advanced knowledge in particular aspects of climate change, and a broad knowledge of the current issues in and approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation from both science and policy perspectives
2.    Use concepts, tools and analytical frameworks to evaluate climate change policies and science, applying a critical appreciation of how the relationships between them inform and shape debate
3.    Independently apply their knowledge, analytical and research capabilities in professional practice in climate change, such as required by governments, non-governmental organisations and business
4.    Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding in climate change to both specialist and non-specialist audiences


Cognate disciplines

  • Applied Economics
  • Climate
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Energy Change
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forest Science and Management,
  • Policy Studies
  • Resource and Environmental Management
  • Science Communication
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability Science
  • Sustainable Development
Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions