Master of Environmental Management and Development

Master of Environmental Management and Development


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Make a meaningful contribution

Are you eager to make a real and lasting contribution to society’s big challenges, including climate change, pollution, water management, and sustainable agriculture? Then the Master of Environmental Management and Development (MEMD) degree can deliver the knowledge and skills you seek.

Upskill or retrain in an Australian Government National Priority Area

Crawford School is proud to offer this special professional learning opportunity.

Gain a better understanding of current issues and approaches to environmental management. Learn about current regulatory and policy frameworks in the Australian and international context and enhance your ability to contribute to the governance of environmental sustainability and natural disasters.

Study in-person or online

In 2024, all graduate courses offered by the Crawford School will be available for either in-person or online study. All students are expected to attend live sessions at particular times each week for their courses. Crawford online courses are not ‘study at your own pace’. International students studying on an Australian student visa should enrol in in-person courses.


Real-time interaction, discussion and debate between students and with convenors is a central part of the learning experience. Attendance at interactive classes is important for both on campus and online students.

Is the MEMD for me?

The MEMD program caters to a diverse range of participants: from policy-makers working in high-level government and nongovernment organisations across Asia and the Pacific, to policy officers and middle managers in Australian government and industry, to university graduates with limited work experience.

Why choose the MEMD?

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 program.

Delivered by the leading minds in the field—ANU is ranked #11 in the world for development studies—the program 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 program also offers 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.

What are my career options?

When you complete the MEMD program, a wide range of local and international employment pathways will open up to you. Many of our graduates have taken up senior policy roles with local, state, and federal government. Others have gone on to influential positions with global development institutions, environmental agencies, nongovernment 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.

Application Deadlines

Please note application deadlines are different for domestic and international students.

Domestic students

This program is with pre-sessional program (PSP) component for domestic students.

Apply by 31 May 2024 for Semester 2 (S2) 2024 and by 15 Dec 2024 for Semester 1 (S1) 2025.

Orientation and PSP are from 11 January to 9 February 2024 for S1 2024 and from 13 June to 12 July 2024 for S2 2024.

International students

Find ANU’s general application and acceptance deadlines by visiting the webpage linked here.

Key dates for application:

• Semester 2 2024 intake:

Final closing date: 15 April 2024
Final acceptance date: 1 June 2024*

Orientation and PSP are from 11 January to 9 February 2024 for S1 2024 and from 13 June to 12 July 2024 for S2 2024.

• Semester 1 2025 intake:

Final closing date: 15 October 2024
Final acceptance date: 1 December 2024*

*Some students may need to accept well before this date to allow for visa processing times in their country.

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Degree structure

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One to two years full-time, depending on credit.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7. Or, for alternative requirements, click the link here.

Cognate disciplines

If you have prior study in one of the following cognate disciplines, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree:

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


Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units.

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Program structure

The MEMD degree offers a set of core compulsory courses combined with a range of electives so that you can design a degree program that best suits your career and educational goals in the Australian Government national priority area.

View the detailed degree program structure, admission requirements and academic rules information.


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Sonia Akter

Senior Lecturer

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Keith Barney

Associate Professor & Head of Department: Resources, Environment, and Development Group

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Rebecca Colvin

Associate Professor; Environment, Resources & Development

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Quentin Grafton

Professor and Laureate Fellow; Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance

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Frank Jotzo

Professor, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy; Head of Energy, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions.

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Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt AO

Professor, Resource, Environment and Development (RE&D) Program.

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Sango Mahanty

Professor, Resources, Environment & Development

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Ana Manero

Post-doc Research Fellow

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John McCarthy

Professor, Crawford School; Resources Environment and Development program.

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Sarah Milne

Associate Professor - Resources, Environment and Development group

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Katherine Taylor

Research Fellow, Water Justice Hub

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Scholarships and fees

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Further information

Program Coordinator

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Scholarships and support

Scholarship opportunities are available for national and international students.

Find out more about scholarships and support that may be available to you for postgraduate qualification at ANU.


Costs associated with your study at ANU will depend on a number of things, including your study program and whether you’re a national or international student.

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