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

ANU is ranked the best university in Australia and is in the top 20 universities in the world for environmental sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017). There are very few places in the world where economists and hydrologists, historians and ecologists, foresters, geographers and climatologists work together on the big environmental problems facing contemporary society: the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU is one of them. Our Master of Environment degrees allow you to develop a program of advanced learning suited to your individual interests and skills in environment and sustainability. A broad-ranging suite of courses from across the University provides 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 approaches to research and analysis.

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You will also develop depth of knowledge in a selected disciplinary area. Available specialisation options include biodiversity conservation, climate science and policy, environmental policy, environmental studies and human ecology, geography, natural resource management, sustainability science, and water science and management.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate both a broad knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges in environment and sustainability and expert knowledge in an area of specialisation;
  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;
  4. Demonstrate that they have completed appropriate research training for further study;

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. You can choose from a range of careers as diverse as the environment itself.

Many of our graduates 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. Examples of roles of our graduates include Assistant Director, Federal Department of Environment; Lecturer, Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique); Manager of Hydrology and Flood Risk, JBA Consulting (UK); and Project Officer, Conservation Council, ACT Region.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least eight courses in cognate disciplines. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 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 is $29,280.00 and for international students is $39,000.00.

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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.

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This course is Campus based
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Jan 2020
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- Annual indicative fee for domestic students. Annual indicative fee for international students $37,104.00.
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Master of Environment (MoE)