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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
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 082373C
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MCLCH
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 082373C
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact

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

Admission requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

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 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 porgram is closed to international applicants for 2019

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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


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

  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

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is not currently available for this program

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