ANU is ranked number one in Australia for Earth sciences and number 12 globally.*

Our high standing is built upon an emphasis on application of the enabling sciences—mathematics, physics, and chemistry—to address the big challenges in Earth sciences. We are innovators: always seeking to develop new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational.

Our cutting-edge research led by over 70 academic staff, along with state-of-the-art facilities, provide a conducive environment for high-quality research training for our postgraduate students. Whether it be chemistry, physics or biology, all of our academics are experts in their field, giving students diverse disciplinary perspectives on research projects.

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Our Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) lets you study pressing issues such as the safe supply of water, resources and energy, climate change, sea level rise as well as natural hazards.

*QS World University Rankings by subject 2017

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand advanced concepts in Earth Sciences and relate them to a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts;
  2. Apply knowledge acquired in the coursework to their research project;
  3. Acquire independently data and evaluate and interpret obtained datasets;
  4. Formulate working hypotheses and design methods to test these;
  5. Compile a major body of research in a written report and present results to an expert audience;
  6. Communicate effectively with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Earth Science topics.

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. Not only will you embrace your passion for sciences related to the Earth but you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to embark on an exciting and varied career in areas such as industry, government, and education as well as further university study.

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 up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (1 year full-time) of credit.

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.

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 will be transferred to the Graduate Diploma of Science.


Annual indicative fee for domestic students is $29,280.00 and for international students is $39,000.00.

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RSES has a number of significant scholarships for Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) that the best domestic and international students can apply for. Domestic students with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) will still be eligible to apply for a RSES scholarship.

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.

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
2 years
27,840 AUD
Annual indicative fee for domestic students. Annual indicative fee for international students $37,104.00.
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