Master of Environmental Management and Development
Grow your career in natural resources
Take your existing knowledge in natural resource management to the next level in this course. Expand your career opportunities with advanced coursework covering biodiversity conservation, climate change, social impacts and environmental governance.
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Australian National University is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. With ties to the Australian Government, they have special standing as a resource for the Australian people. Their approach to education ensures graduates are in demand the world-over for their abilities to address complex contemporary challenges. Offering innovative online subjects from beginning to advanced levels through Open Universities Australia, they meet varied students’ needs and goals.
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Upon successful completion of this degree, students should be able 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 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.
When you complete the MEMD degree, a wide range of local and international employment pathways can open up to you. Many of our graduates have taken up policy and management roles with local, state, and federal government. Others have gone on to influential positions with global development institutions, environmental agencies, non-government organisations, and social enterprises. Others still have elected to specialise in the private sector, where they are guiding sustainability strategies within large-scale mining and agriculture companies.
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.
· 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.
Find more details at the Master of Environmental Management and Development Online on the ANU programs and courses website.
Work and Life
A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applications must meet the ANU English Language Requirements for Admission .
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 4 subjects (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 8 subjects (one year) of credit. Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.
If you‘re a pragmatic thinker prepared to consider a balance between sustainability issues and their impact on livelihoods and communities, you will be both challenged and rewarded by the MEMD degree.
This degree is multi-modal and delivered by the leading minds in the field - ANU is also ranked #1 in Australia for development studies. The degree includes case materials on real-world issues from within Australia and across Asia and the Pacific. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to devise policies that can achieve economic viability, social acceptability, and environmental sustainability.
The MEMD degree caters to a diverse range of participants: from policymakers working in high-level government and non-government organisations in Australia and across Asia and the Pacific, to policy officers and middle managers in Australian government and industry, to new university graduates with limited work experience. You’ll also enjoy the flexibility to focus on electives specific to your career goals. These electives include energy security, natural disasters, biodiversity conservation, environmental conflict, food security, and rural development - to name just a few.
The MEMD degree allows you to study in multi-modal - and access the very best of the Crawford School educational experience, including online and offline access to our academic skills advisors. At Crawford School, we do everything we can to simulate an on-campus experience for our online masters’ degree students. You will have a community of your degree cohort to support you. You can participate in weekly discussions about course work, take part in role play, and work on files in real time with your fellow course members. You’ll also receive access to learning materials in a range of formats, including readings and short videos, and these remain live for the duration of the course, allowing you to access them as many times as you need.
Of course, your lecturers and tutors will communicate regularly with you via our online and offline learning portal and using various other technologies. And, if you need any additional assistance at any stage, you’ll contact course facilitators and access to academic skills advice.
The Master of Environmental Management and Development requires the completion of 16 subjects, which must consist of:
- 4 subjects from completion of the compulsory courses
- A minimum of 7 subjects from the environmental management and governance courses
- A maximum of 2 subjects from the elective courses
See Master of Environmental Management and Development - ANU for the full course listing.
Choose your subjects
The two-year degree requires the completion of 96 units. You may find more information about its units and course details by clicking the link ANU Programs and Courses for this degree.