Master of Environmental Management and Development

Master of Environmental Management and Development
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The Master of Environmental Management and Development (selected courses available online) is an interdisciplinary coursework or coursework and research degree that allows students to develop a program of advanced learning.

This postgraduate degree program is also available fully online.

The program comprises compulsory courses in core topic areas covering environmental governance, environmental economics, environmental assessment and research methods. Elective courses can be selected from a wide range of topics to meet individual students’ needs and interests, including: economics and business; water management; biodiversity conservation; natural resource management; governance and policy; climate change; society and the environment; and law and policy. The courses focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of achieving the goals of economic viability, social acceptability, and environmental sustainability within differing social and political contexts.

Master of Environmental Management and Development graduates will be able to:

  • contribute positively to social, economic and environmental wellbeing;
  • understand the main disciplines and issues relevant to environmental and natural resource management and development;
  • think critically and independently and communicate effectively; and
  • apply, update and expand their knowledge and skills to address environmental and natural resource management challenges.

For further information about the program or admission requirements please contact the Convenor, Dr Daniel Connell:

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Tailor your degree

Students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered by the Resources, Environment and Development (RE&D) program, the public policy or economics program at Crawford School, and other programs at ANU. By choosing particular courses, students can create their own professional focus. Courses can be combined across different professional foci, and there are many more electives available than shown below.

Governance and policy

EMDV8101 State, Society & Natural Resources
EMDV8013 Issues in Development and Environment
EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications
EMDV8009 Asia–Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
EMDV8104 Environmental Governance
CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change
POGO8083 Policy Advocacy


EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental & Resource Economics
EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy
EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-making
IDEC8001 Applied Economics: Cost / Benefit Analysis
IDEC8053 Environmental Economics
IDEC8018 Agricultural Economics and Resource Policy

Social issues and local development

ANTH8028 Introduction to Social Impact Studies
ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment
ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development
ANTH8009 Development in Practice
ANTH8019 Introduction to Social Analysis and Community Politics

Environmental science and management

EMDV8026 Introduction to Environmental Science
EMDV8108 Applied Environmental and Resource Management
EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment
EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development
ENVS8015 Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science
ENVS6024 Biodiversity Conservation

Climate change, energy and water

EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics
EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics
ENVS8003 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaption
LAWS8180 International Climate Law
IDEC8089 Energy Economics
POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance
EMDV8079 Water Conflicts

Risk, disasters and food security

EMDV8125 Nasty Surprises: Managing Risk for Public Policy
EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy
POGO8115 Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime
ENVS6012 Sustainable Agricultural Systems


EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management
EMDV8008 Research Proposal
EMDV8066 Research Project
EMDV8126 Solutions Focused Workshop

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.

The Master of Environmental Management and Development requires the completion of 96 units (16 courses). Credit may be awarded for previous study and relevant work experience.

Duration: 1-2 year full time (subject to eligibility)

Applicants with a bachelor’s 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.

Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.

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Daniel Connell

Research Fellow, Environment and Development Program

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