The Master of Environment helps you develop the skills and knowledge to work on big environmental problems facing the world today. Delve into the complex systems and processes that shape our planet, at Australia’s leading academic research institution for environment and sustainability.

The Fenner School of Environment and Society is a world-leading centre of research and learning. You will graduate with a greater ability to create real solutions for addressing complex environmental challenges.

Program details

Our award-winning researchers will tailor learning to meet your professional interests and needs. Choose from a range of areas to study including biodiversity conservation, climate science and policy, disasters, environmental policy, environmental studies and human ecology, geography, natural resource management, sustainability science, and water science and management.

You will graduate with in-depth expertise in one area of study.

Advanced program

In the Advanced program, you will develop research expertise through completing a substantial research project supervised by an academic, which constitutes appropriate research training for a PhD.

Key facts


Graduating from the Master of Environment will make you highly employable. The degree will enhance your existing skills and expertise, building on your undergraduate experience to retrain for a new career, or provide you with new tools and insight into your work or study ambitions.

As a graduate, you will be ready for work in senior and specialised roles addressing the environment and its management in Australia and across the world, including:

  • Project Management
  • Research and Analysis
  • Education and Community Awareness
  • Policy.

Many graduates of the Master of Environment are employed in policy-making within local, state and federal governments, water resource management, environmental management, urban planning and sustainability, climate change adaptation consulting, and applied research science.

Our recent graduates hold roles such as Assistant Director at the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy, Manager of Hydrology and Flood Risk at JBA Consulting (UK), Project Officer at the Conservation Council - ACT Region, and lecturer positions at universities in Vietnam, Indonesia, southern Africa and South Asia.

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.

Learn in the field

Access over 100 long-term field sites including the Victorian Central Highlands Research Program, Mulligans Flat Goorooyaroo Woodlands Experiment, National Arboretum, Kioloa campus (South Coast) and the Bushfire Research Facility, CSIRO. 


Advanced program

Take your learning much further by working with leading scholars in the field and developing theoretical and practical knowledge in contemporary research exploring the environment.

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Learning experience

Frank Fenner Building

Call the Fenner Building home

Study in a world-leading building in sustainable design and construction.

See why it has a 6 Green Star rating
Mae Noble

The interdisciplinary approach

Mae was looking for a postgraduate degree which explored both the ecological and social aspects of conservation.

Find out why Mae swapped the Caribbean for Canberra

Fees & scholarships


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

View fees View fees for advanced program


Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.

Key people

Dr Craig Strong

Dr Craig Strong

Dr Craig Strong

Craig's research is primarily in land capability and soil degradation, soil biology, natural resource management and atmospheric aerosols.

Dr Sara Beavis

Dr Sara Beavis

Dr Sara Beavis

Sara’s research interests include environmental geology, gully and stream bank erosion in agricultural and forest systems, salinisation, hydrology, acid sulphate soils, hydrological impacts and policy relating to farm dams.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

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

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