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Master of Environment

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

MENV
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MENVI
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 082293C
  • UAC code
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MENVI
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 082293C
  • UAC code
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Environmental Studies
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Environment requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of courses in the subject area ENVS Environment and Society


The 96 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action (6 units)

ENVS6528 Environmental Policy (6 units)

ENVS8016 Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction (6 units)

ENVS8019 Sustainable Futures: Staying on Track (6 units)


6 units from completion of Research Methods courses from the following list:

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics (6 units)

EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management (6 units)

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring (6 units)


6 units from completion of Application courses from the following list:

EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment (6 units)

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

ENVS6319 Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS (6 units)

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society (6 units)

MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment (6 units)

MATH6103 Scientific and Industrial Modelling (6 units)

SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics (6 units)

SCNC8000 Science Internship (6 units)


A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses from any of the following Field of Study course lists, which can be taken from one list or multiple lists:

Agricultural Innovation

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems (6 units)

ENVS6224 Agricultural Systems (6 units)

ENVS6342 Agricultural Innovation (6 units)

ENVS8018 Partnership Research for Agricultural and Natural Resource-Based Development


Biodiversity Conservation

ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (6 units)

ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation (6 units)

ENVS6201 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology (6 units)

BIOL6178 Recovering Threatened Species and Ecosystems (6 units)


Climate

ENVS6204 Fire, Flood & Drought (6 units)

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy (6 units)

ENVS6303 Climate Change: past, present & future (6 units)

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment (6 units)

ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction (6 units)

ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation (6 units)

EMSC6021 Fundamentals of Climate Science

 

Environmental Policy

EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics (6 units)

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance (6 units)

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy (6 units)

ENVS6315 Essentials of Environmental Law (6 units)

ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy (6 units)

ECON8040 Resource and Environmental Economics (6 units)

IDEC8053 Environmental Economics (6 units)

LAWS8280 Land, Water and Biodiversity (6 units)


Natural Resource Management

EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources (6 units)

ENVS6022 Water Science (6 units)

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes (6 units)

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management (6 units)

ENVS6555 Water Management (6 units)

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems (6 units)

ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (6 units)


Sustainable Futures

ENVS6020 Human Ecology (6 units)

ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems (6 units)

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy (6 units)


12 units from completion of further 6000- level or 8000- level courses from the following subject areas:

ENVS Environment

EMDV Environment and Development


A maximum of 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by the ANU


 

Capstone Courses

[ENVS8016, ENVS6025, ENVS8019]

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ENVS6528 Environmental Policy 6 units Field of Studies Course Lists or 6000-8000 level ENVS/EMDV Course Field of Studies Course Lists Field of Studies Course Lists
ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action 6 units ENVS8019 Sustainable Futures: Staying on Track 6 units Applications Course List Field of Studies Course Lists
Year 2 48 units ENVS8016 Contemporary Perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction 6 units Field of Studies Course Lists or 6000-8000 level ENVS/EMDV Course Research Methods Course List Field of Studies Course Lists
ANU Elective ANU Elective ANU Elective ANU Elective

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


Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Asia Pacific Studies, Biodiversity, Biology, Climate Change, Conservation Biology, Development Studies, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Indigenous Australian Studies, Natural Resource Management, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Public Health, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Science Communication, Sociology, Soil Science, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Water 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 5.0/7.0. 


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.

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. 

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Asia Pacific Studies, Biodiversity, Biology, Climate Change, Conservation Biology, Development Studies, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Indigenous Australian Studies, Natural Resource Management, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Public Health, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Science Communication, Sociology, Soil Science, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Water Science

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$33,520.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$47,940.00

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.

Equip yourself with the skills to tackle the big environmental problems facing contemporary and future society with the ANU Master of Environment.

Studying at one of the top universities in the world for environmental sciences, you’ll be exposed to current perspectives on environmental issues and approaches, and will develop depth of knowledge in a selected disciplinary area.

You could choose to specialise in biodiversity conservation, climate science and policy, disaster studies, environmental policy, environmental studies and human ecology, geography, natural resource management, sustainability science or water science and management.


Find out more about studying Environment, 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.

Employment Opportunities

Many graduates of the Master of Environment are employed in policy-making within local, state and federal governments, water resource management, environmental management, urban planning and sustainability, climate change adaptation consulting, and applied research science.

Our recent graduates hold roles such as Assistant Director at the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy, Manager of Hydrology and Flood Risk at JBA Consulting (UK), Project Officer at the Conservation Council - ACT Region, and lecturer positions at universities in Vietnam, Indonesia, southern Africa and South Asia. 

Completing a Master of Environment (Advanced), with a substantial research component can also qualify you to apply for entry to a PhD program.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges in environment and sustainability.

  2. Independently apply and integrate advanced knowledge and skills in professional practice in environment and sustainability.

  3. Demonstrate expert knowledge in an area of their chosen field of study.

  4. Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding in environment and sustainability to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Further Information

Program advice:

Students entering the program without a cognate background are advised to consider including two of the following enabling courses (BIOL6035, ENVS6103, ENVS6013, ENVS6108, ENVS6104, SOCY6062, EMSC6107) during their first year of study.


Students who are admitted to the Master of Environment can explore the option of applying to transfer into the Master of Environment (Advanced) and undertake a significant research component. Please discuss this pathway option with the program convener at the commencement of your program. Students who may wish to pursue this pathway must meet the following requirements:

  • achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework
  • have the approval of an identified supervisor, and 
  • have completed compulsory courses in the first 48 units of the Master of Environment (Advanced).
  • have satisfied the published admissions requirements for the Master of Environment (Advanced)

 

Vertical Double Degree pathway UGRD-PGRD:

This program is part of the Vertical Double Degree pathway structure offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine. The Vertical Double Degree pathway presents students with the opportunity to complete a 3-year single undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science or the College of Health and Medicine with a cognate 2-year Masters degree in 4 years (full-time) instead of 5 years (full-time). Not all undergraduate and Masters programs are offered as a Vertical Double Degree pathway. For more information on applicable combinations, benefits and how to apply, eligibility and conditions please visit https://science.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees or https://health.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees

Students who are interested in pursuing a Vertical Double Degree pathway with this program, are advised to contact the College of Science Student Administration Office at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au and seek academic advice. Students who are already in an undergraduate degree offered by the College of Science or College of Health & Medicine should seek academic advice before completion of the first 72 units of their undergraduate studies.

This pathway is not available to students in an undergraduate Flexible Double Degree.


Exit pathways:

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Environment.

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Environment.


Courses offered by the College of Science and College of Health and Medicine:

An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine can be found under current students page on the College website via this link.

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 

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Dr Sara Beavis, Associate Director Postgraduate at fses.coursework.enquiries@anu.edu.au

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