• Code EMDV8016
  • Unit Value 12 to 24 units
  • Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Sango Mahanty
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

This course represents a major piece of guided independent research on a topic agreed between the student and their supervisor. The 24-unit full semester weighting reflects the rigour of the training provided and the expectations in this class. Students must successfully complete EMDV8008 Research Proposal at a high standard to enrol in this course.

Research Thesis students are matched with supervisors and are supported to design and implement a project to answer their research question, to situate their findings in the context of a scholarly tradition and debate, and to communicate it clearly through both a written final thesis and a final public presentation to the department. The work must show evidence of wide reading and understanding, of critical analysis and/or appropriate use of advanced research methods, and be executed at a more advanced level than the major research project. 

Students engage in collaborative, Convenor-led, peer review workshops, to refine and polish their writing and analysis. The culmination of the course is a final, polished research proposal document, and a public presentation to the department, that elaborates the research idea and approach. The course can be used for developing research theses related to topics relevant to Australia, the Asia-Pacific, or further afield.  Successfully completing this course can provide the basis for an application to doctoral studies.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Pose a significant research question relating to environmental management and/or development problems
  2. Investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to Environmental Management and Development, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. Communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short presentations on research progress (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Oral Peer Reviews of Class Writing Samples (3 mins ea) (5) [LO 1,2]
  3. Outline of final research paper (1000-1500 words) (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Final Research Presentation (15 mins) (15) [LO 3]
  5. Final Written Thesis of 18,000 words (70) [LO 1,2,3]

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Students enrolling in a 12 unit load over two semesters will be expected to complete 260 hours per semester. Students enrolling in a 24 unit load over one semester will be expected to complete 520 hours per semester. This will include a minimum of 10 hours contact with the supervisor and a weekly one-hour seminar. It is the joint responsibility of the student and supervisor to arrange times for contact. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have: -successfully completed 72 units of ANU courses in the Master of Environmental Management and -Development including EMDV8008 Research Proposal and EMDV8102 Research Methods; and maintained an average of 75% in their courses in the program; and -written consent from a supervisor to commence in a specific semester. You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be provided on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Readings are developed on close consultation with the thesis advisor


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 to 24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $780 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
3785 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A
4158 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
8784 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A
9054 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online N/A

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