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Master of Environmental Science (Advanced)

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • 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.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies

Program Requirements

The Master of Environmental Science (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:


Either:

Environmental Biology

48 units from completion of BIOL8701 Research Project, which must be completed more than once in consecutive semesters

 

24 units from completion of Environmental Biology courses from the following list:

BIOL6002 Plants: Genes to Environment

BIOL6003 Plant Functional Diversity: Genomes to Biomes

BIOL6004 Population Ecology

BIOL6006 Principles of Genetics

BIOL6010 Field Studies in Behavioural Ecology

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6111 Australian Vertebrates

BIOL6113 Invertebrate Zoology

BIOL6116 Marine Conservation Ecology

BIOL6125 Plants and Global Climate Change

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL6177 Advances in Molecular Plant Science

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology

BIOL6202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

BIOL6206 Evolution of Biodiversity

BIOL6631 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

 

12 units from completion of Environmental and Ecological Science courses from the following list:

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Water Science

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia's Environment

ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6218 Environmental Science Field School

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6311 Severe Weather

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society

 

12 units from completion of Environmental Earth Science courses from the following list:

EMSC6014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

EMSC6015 Chemistry of Planet Earth

EMSC6019 Geobiology and Evolution of Life on Earth

EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science

EMSC6023 Marine Biogeochemistry

EMSC6025 Groundwater

EMSC6027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change

EMSC6028 Coastal Environmental Earth Science

EMSC6032 Melting Polar Ice Sheets, Sea Level Variations and Climate Change

EMSC6040 Seminar A: Short Research Project

EMSC6041 Seminar B: Short Research Project

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: an introduction to Earth system science

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

EMSC8707 Advanced Natural Hazards

  

Or:

Environmental and Ecological Science

48 units from completion ENVS8000 Masters Dissertation, which must be completed more than once in consecutive semesters

 

24 units from completion of Environmental and Ecological Science courses from the following list:

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Water Science

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia's Environment

ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6218 Environmental Science Field School

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6311 Severe Weather

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

 

12 units from completion of Environmental Biology courses from the following list:

BIOL6002 Plants: Genes to Environment

BIOL6003 Plant Functional Diversity: Genomes to Biomes

BIOL6004 Population Ecology

BIOL6006 Principles of Genetics

BIOL6010 Field Studies in Behavioural Ecology

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6111 Australian Vertebrates

BIOL6113 Invertebrate Zoology

BIOL6116 Marine Conservation Ecology

BIOL6125 Plants and Global Climate Change

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL6177 Advances in Molecular Plant Science

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology

BIOL6202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

BIOL6206 Evolution of Biodiversity

BIOL6631 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

 

12 units from completion of Environmental Earth Science courses from the following list:

EMSC6014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

EMSC6015 Chemistry of Planet Earth

EMSC6019 Geobiology and Evolution of Life on Earth

EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science

EMSC6023 Marine Biogeochemistry

EMSC6025 Groundwater

EMSC6027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change

EMSC6028 Coastal Environmental Earth Science

EMSC6032 Melting Polar Ice Sheets, Sea Level Variations and Climate Change

EMSC6040 Seminar A: Short Research Project

EMSC6041 Seminar B: Short Research Project

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: an introduction to Earth system science

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

EMSC8707 Advanced Natural Hazards

 

Or:

Environmental Earth Science

48 units from completion of EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project, which must be completed more than once in consecutive semesters

 

24 units from completion of Environmental Earth Science courses from the following list:

EMSC6014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

EMSC6015 Chemistry of Planet Earth

EMSC6019 Geobiology and Evolution of Life on Earth

EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science

EMSC6023 Marine Biogeochemistry

EMSC6025 Groundwater

EMSC6027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change

EMSC6028 Coastal Environmental Earth Science

EMSC6032 Melting Polar Ice Sheets, Sea Level Variations and Climate Change

EMSC6040 Seminar A: Short Research Project

EMSC6041 Seminar B: Short Research Project

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: an introduction to Earth system science

EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards

EMSC8707 Advanced Natural Hazards

 

12 units from the completion of Environmental and Ecological Science courses from the following list:

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6022 Water Science

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia's Environment

ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring

ENVS6204 Weather, Climate and Fire

ENVS6218 Environmental Science Field School

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS6301 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice

ENVS6303 Climatology

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment

ENVS6311 Severe Weather

ENVS6514 Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

ENVS6555 Water Management

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society

 

12 units from completion of Environmental Biology courses from the following list:

BIOL6002 Plants: Genes to Environment

BIOL6003 Plant Functional Diversity: Genomes to Biomes

BIOL6004 Population Ecology

BIOL6006 Principles of Genetics

BIOL6010 Field Studies in Behavioural Ecology

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6111 Australian Vertebrates

BIOL6113 Invertebrate Zoology

BIOL6116 Marine Conservation Ecology

BIOL6125 Plants and Global Climate Change

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL6177 Advances in Molecular Plant Science

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology

BIOL6202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

BIOL6206 Evolution of Biodiversity

BIOL6631 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

 

Students must have completed a minimum of 48 units in order to attempt courses from the following list:

BIOL8701 Research Project

EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project

ENVS8000 Masters Dissertation

 

A course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Students must achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project/dissertation.

Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework or have the approval of the supervisor for the research project/dissertation will be transferred to the Master of Environmental Science.

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 in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0.

Cognate Disciplines

Biology, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science

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 5.5/7.0. 

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.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 

 

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: www.aqf.edu.au

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: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

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. 

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,840.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$47,754.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

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: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

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.

Shape a sustainable future for our planet with the ANU Master of Environmental Science.

You’ll be studying at one of the top 10 universities in the world for environmental science, developing your breadth of knowledge in environmental science and its applications, and depth in aspects of one or more of the biological, earth and environmental or ecological environmental sciences.

The Advanced program incorporates up to a year of research with mentoring by a Supervisor and the production of a thesis.

Find out more about studying Environmental Science, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

 

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.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2022

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate both a broad knowledge base in the environmental sciences, and expert knowledge in one or more of the biological sciences, earth and marine sciences and environmental and ecological sciences
  2. Independently apply their advanced knowledge and analytical, research, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills in professional practice in the environmental sciences
  3. Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding in the environmental sciences to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  4. Demonstrate that they have completed appropriate research training for further study

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:

Email: fses.coursework.enquiries@anu.edu.au

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 students. These 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 science.enquiries@anu.edu.au 

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