Master of climate change

Master of Climate Change


Climate change is one of the most important and complex problems encountered by humankind. As its impacts become more and more apparent, people who understand its multiple dimensions and can contribute to developing, communicating and implementing innovative solutions are in increasingly high demand.

Choosing a Master of Climate Change at Australia's national university equips you with the knowledge and understanding to tackle one of the world’s most vital challenges. It is the ideal degree if your current role intersects with climate issues and you are seeking to broaden and deepen your knowledge to move up to the next career level. And there is no better qualification if you are transitioning professionally and looking for a career change that enables you to make a real difference.

Key facts

  • #21 in the world for Environment (QS 2020)

  • 1.5 years full time

  • Semester 1 & 2 intake

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities

  • Prior learning recognised

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)

World class facilities

Students will gain access to facilities for conducting high quality research.


Program details

You will study core Master of Climate Change topics such as domestic and international climate policy and economics, climate change science and policy, including vulnerability and adaptation, research methods for complex environmental problems and environmental management, research projects in climate policy and economics and vulnerability and adaptation.

Choose from electives in climatology, ecological systems, sustainable development, resource management, economic approaches, law and engineering.

Download the Master of Climate Change brochure (285KB PDF).


Master of Climate Change graduates gain a broad knowledge of current issues and approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as expert knowledge in your area of specialisation. The program aims to prepare skilled professionals to deal with the challenges of climate change across various sectors, including in industry, government agencies, NGOs and consultancies.

  • Climate policy
  • Climate change risk assessment
  • Adaptation and mitigation strategy development.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Learning experience

Energy Change

Master of Climate Change & Master of Energy Change webinar

Watch the Master of Climate Change & Master of Energy Change webinar to learn more about the program, entry requirements and student experience.

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Jayasooriya Chinthaka

Learning from your role models

"Over the years, I’ve read many reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and now I can discuss climate change with some of the authors," Jaya says.

Read about Jaya's learning experience
Md Kamruzzaman

Work with world leading researchers

“I chose to pursue a PhD in environmental sciences at ANU because there is great expertise and knowledge available to assist me in my studies. Something I love about ANU is that the professors are very helpful and very directive when I’ve faced problems, providing different advice. It’s very friendly and interactive towards the students.” - Md Kamruzzaman


Master of Climate Change

Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Professor Saul Cunningham

Professor Saul Cunningham

Saul is the Director of the Fenner School and Environment and Society. He is interested in finding ways to manage farming landscapes and preserve biodiversity while supporting agricultural production. He has worked extensively on crop pollination; a poorly understood but sometimes critically important input to agricultural production, which generally depends on wild insects living in the farming landscape.

Rebecca Colvin

Dr Rebecca Colvin

Bec's research interest is in how groups of people interact with each other. Recent research projects have included the study of conflict about wind energy development, the psychological underpinnings of a constructive governance regime for negative emissions, the role of trust between climate researchers and policy-makers, and the relationship between aggregate public opinion and conflict in environmental messaging.

How to apply

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Visit the domestic postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

Domestic postgraduate applications

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the international postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

International postgraduate applications