Master of Climate Change
Get qualified in an Australian Government National Priority Area
Solve environmental problems as a climate change expert or policymaker. Prepare for a career spanning climate change risk assessment, adaptation and mitigation strategy development, as well as regional, national and international policy formulation.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Apply advanced knowledge in particular aspects of climate change, and a broad knowledge of the current issues in and approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation from both science and policy perspectives;
- Use concepts, tools and analytical frameworks to evaluate climate change policies and science, applying a critical appreciation of how the relationships between them inform and shape debate;
- Independently apply their knowledge, analytical and research capabilities in professional practice in climate change, such as required by governments, non-governmental organisations and business;
- Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding in climate change to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
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.
With the Master of Climate Change degree, a wide range of local and international employment pathways may open up to you as you upskill or retrain in this area of national priority. Increasingly, employers across business, government, and other sectors actively recruit graduates who demonstrate in-depth knowledge and experience in the Asia-Pacific region. This means our graduates can be found all over the world in diverse and exciting fields such as:
• climate change policy;
• management, implementation and evaluation of climate change related policy;
• research relevant to the field of climate policy; and
• regional, national and international policy formulation.
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.
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
- Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
- 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
- Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
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.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applications must show English language proficiency by meeting ANU's English Language Requirements for admission to study this course.
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units.
Do you want to tackle one of the most important and complex environmental problems encountered by humankind? The ANU Master of Climate Change program offers significant breadth and depth of study in climate change science and policy, including economics, law, policy and governance aspects. You can develop a unique program of advanced learning suited to your individual background, interests, and career goals.
This degree covers a core syllabus of climate impacts, adaptation, mitigation, climate change economics and policy including methodological approaches and practical application to current issues. It is taught by some of Australia’s leading experts in climate change analysis. A wide range of elective courses from across ANU is also available. Credit and exemptions may be given for prior study and work experience, including to the pre-sessional program.
Recommended Study Pattern
The 1.5-year degree requires the completion of 72 units.
As a guide, subjects in this degree can include:
• Applied Economics
• Economic Policy
• Environmental Studies
As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
The 1.5-year degree requires the completion of 72 units.