The Master of Environmental Management and Development will boost your career in natural resource management and environmental policy, and improve your professional ability to respond to the complex challenges of sustainable development.

Offered by the internationally-renowned Crawford School, the program will equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills you need to contribute to the goals of economic viability, social acceptability and environmental sustainability in different social and political contexts.

Focus areas include biodiversity conservation, food security, climate change, social impacts, environmental governance, and management of primary resources such as water, fisheries, forests, and minerals

Learning Outcomes

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

  • identify and critically analyse complex environmental and development problems and the key issues that comprise them;
  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge, research and practical professional skills, together with an appreciation of how they inform and shape the debate, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses;
  • understand, synthesise and explain contemporary environment and development policy issues from alternative disciplinary and social perspectives, and an appreciation of context;
  • articulate ideas clearly and communicate these persuasively in a range of formats to diverse audiences;
  • contribute to social, economic and environmental wellbeing.

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.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.
  • All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units of credit.
  • Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units of credit.
  • Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Economics, Development Studies, Biodiversity Conservation, Geography, Human Ecology, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Sociology, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development.


Domestic Tuition Fees

Annual indicative fee for domestic students: $32,256.00

International Tuition Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students: $42,960.00


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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Environmental Management and Development requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

  • Completion of the following pre-sessional component:
    • CRWF6900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy
    • EMDV6900 Graduate Preparatory Environmental Science
    • EMDV6903 Graduate Preparatory Environmental Economics
  • 30 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
    • EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
    • EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources
    • EMDV8013 Issues in Development and Environment
    • EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management
    • EMDV8104 Environmental Governance
  • 6 units from completion of an economic analysis course from the following list:
    • EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making
    • EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy
  • 6 units from completion of an impact assessment course from the following list:
    • ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods
    • EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment
  • A minimum of 36 units from completion of environment and development courses from the following list:
    • ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods
    • ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development
    • ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development
    • ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment
    • CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change
    • EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development
    • EMDV8008 Research Proposal
    • EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy
    • EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
    • EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications
    • EMDV8066 Research Project
    • EMDV8079 Water Conflicts
    • EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics
    • EMDV8081 Domestic climate change policy and economics
    • EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy
    • EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment
    • EMDV8108 Applied Environmental and Resource Management
    • EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
    • EMDV8125 Nasty Surprises: Managing Risk for Public Policy
    • EMDV8126 Solutions Focused Workshop
  • A maximum of 12 units from completion of environment or development courses from the following list:
    • ANTH6009 Culture and Development
    • ANTH8049 Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programs
    • ANTH8009 Development in Practice
    • ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics
    • BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting
    • CHMD8020 The Future of Food and Human Health
    • CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project
    • DEMO8088 Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development
    • EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards
    • ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change
    • ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis
    • ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders
    • ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation
    • ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy
    • ENVS6307 Climate Change Science & Policy
    • ENVS6528 Environmental Policy
    • ENVS6555 Water Management
    • ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
    • IDEC8001 Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis
    • IDEC8003 Issues in Development Policy
    • IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy
    • IDEC8008 Open Economy Macroeconomics, Finance, and Development
    • IDEC8018 Agricultural Economics and Resource Policy
    • IDEC8022 Economic Development
    • IDEC8025 Empirical Public Finance
    • IDEC8053 Environmental Economics
    • IDEC8089 Energy Economics
    • LAWS8123 Water Resources Law
    • LAWS8180 International Climate Law
    • LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law
    • POGO8004 Poverty Reduction
    • POGO8032 Comparative Public Sector Management
    • POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption
    • POGO8083 Policy Advocacy
    • POGO8095 Development Policy and Practice
    • POGO8115 International Negotiations
    • POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy
    • POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance
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