single degree

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
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MEMDV
  • CRICOS code 082296M
  • 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.
  • Academic plan MEMDV
  • CRICOS code 082296M
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies

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

EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

EMDV8014 Research in Climate Change Policy and Economics


A mininum of 36 units from the following environment and development 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

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 Politics on a Modified Planet *

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 completion of environment of 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
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
POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption
POGO8083 Policy Advocacy
POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk
POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy
POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance
POGO8403 Case studies in Contemporary Public Policy
VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems
VCPG8002 Ignorance!

A maximum of 6 units from the following 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

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

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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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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