The Master of Environmental Science expands and deepens your knowledge of biological, earth and environmental or ecological environmental sciences. You will be prepared for work in research, resource management or policy roles.

You will study in our world renowned Fenner School of Environment and Society; Australia’s leading academic research institution for environment and sustainability. Award-winning researchers will work with you to develop expertise and skills relevant to your professional needs and interests.

Program details

The Master of Environmental Science offers three study areas for you to choose from, meaning you can focus on an area that best suits your career.

  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental and Ecological Science
  • Environmental Earth Science

You will graduate with in-depth expertise in one of these areas 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 Environmental Science 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 highly employable for work in senior and specialised roles in environmental science and management in Australia and across the world, including:

  • Project management
  • Research and analysis
  • Education and community awareness
  • Policy.

Graduates of the Master of Environmental Science forge careers in environmental science research organisations, environmental and natural resource management, industry or environment-related policy roles.

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 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. 

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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 environmental science.

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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

Research-based training

The campus is great, but hands-on learning at the National Arboretum gives you a new perspective.

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Fees & scholarships


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

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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


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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