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Graduate Diploma of Environment

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Science

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma of Environment requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of courses from the following lists, with a minimum of 6 units from at least 3 of the lists:

Economics and Governance

CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change

EMDV8079 International Water Politics

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics

ECON8040 Resource and Environmental Economics

EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance

EMDV8108 Applied Environmental and Resource Management

EMDV8121 Greening of Business

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy

ENVS6528 Environmental Policy

IDEC8053 Environmental Economics

IDEC8088 Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis

IDEC8017 Econometric Techniques

IDEC8018 Agricultural Economics and Resource Policy

LAWS6503 Law and the Environment

LAWS8123 Water Resources Law

LAWS8146 Environmental Land-use Planning Law

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

LAWS8280 Biodiversity Law and Policy

Environmental Science

EMDV8026 Introduction to Environmental Science

ENVS6022 Hydrology and Landforms for Natural Resource Management

ENVS6010 Australia’s Forests

ENVS6012 Sustainable Systems: Rural

ENVS6023 Vegetation and Soils: Landscape Co-evolution and Ecology

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6203 Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6302 Sustainable Agricultural Practices

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science and Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Resource Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8006 Measuring Forest Carbon

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

Society and Environment

ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development

ANTH8008 Social Impact Studies in Project Cycle

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8014 Mining Projects and Indigenous Peoples

ANTH8019 Practical Studies in Social Analysis

ANTH8021 Participatory Modelling for Development

ANTH8028 Introduction to Social Impact Studies

ANTH8029 Introduction to Australian Indigenous Policy

ANTH8030 Critically Assessing Contemporary Development Practice

ANTH8038 Introduction to Gender and Development

ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development

ANTH8047 Introduction to Indigenous Environments

EMDV8001 Environment Sustainability Health and Development

EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications

EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources

ENVS6005 Sustainable Systems: Urban

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6017 Vietnam Field School

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6108 Sustainable Development

ENVS6205 Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science and Policy in Practice

POGO8008 Participation and Program Management

POGO8061 Gender and Policy

Research Methods

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics

EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-making

EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management

EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment

ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment

MATH6103 Scientific and Industrial Modelling

Admission Requirements

The Graduate Diploma of Environment is an exit Award only and is not available for direct admission.

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please 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.

The Graduate Diploma in Environment is a flexible interdisciplinary coursework degree that reflects a program of learning suited to your individual interests and skills in environment and sustainability. A broad-ranging suite of courses from across the University provide exposure to current perspectives on environmental issues and approaches. Areas of interest include environmental science and management, social and ecological linkages, environmental economics and governance, environmental policy, and integrative research methods.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges in environment and sustainability
  2. Independently apply their advanced knowledge and analytical, research, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills in professional practice in environment and sustainability
  3. Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding in environment and sustainability to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:


Phone: 02 6125 4499

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new studentsThese documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment. 

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email 

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Cris Brack at

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