Course overview

Build on your strong background in economics, mathematics and statistics with rigorous and specialist training in economics, and environmental, resources and energy policy. The aim of the program is to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the economic approaches that can be applied to inform and resolve resource management issues.

This program provides the tools of economic analysis at an advanced level and applies them to policy issues with a focus on environmental and resource economics. Areas of specialisation covered in elective courses include: agricultural and resource economics, cost-benefit analysis, economic development, econometric methods, economic regulation, and environmental and natural resource policy. A common theme across these courses is the integration of environmental and resource decisions into the broader context of national and international economic policy. Graduates find ready employment with universities, national and international policy agencies, leading corporations and civil society organisations.

Applications for domestic (Australian and New Zealand) students for Semester 1, 2019 are now open and close on 20 January 2019.

Starting dates

January, February, April, July, October

What you will learn

Taught by world-leading researchers and practitioners, you will develop high-level skills in quantitative analysis and modelling. With your advanced economic knowledge, you will develop strategies to respond to resource exploitation and the misuse of the environment in national and global policy settings.

When you graduate, your critical-thinking and ability to implement relevant analytical tools will place you in demand to help address important environmental and resource allocation issues. You will be well-equipped to secure leadership and management roles in research and policy analysis in Australia and overseas.

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.
  • 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.

The Master of Environmental and Resource Economics requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

  • Completion of the following pre-sessional component:
  • Completion of CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy


  • Completion of the following courses:
    • IDEC7901 Graduate Preparatory Microeconomics
    • IDEC7902 Graduate Preparatory Mathematical Methods


  • Completion of the following courses:
  • 24 units from the following compulsory introductory courses

How to apply

You can apply directly via ANU Application Manager

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $33,888 per year full-time, $67,776 total course cost
International Students: $45,168 per year full-time


2 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Agriculture & Environmental Studies postgraduate courses at Australian National University (ANU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 90.0% (national average 76.3%)
Improved skills: 94.3% (national average 82.5%)
Overall satisfaction: 94.3% (national average 84.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from Australian National University (ANU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Agriculture & Environmental Studies postgraduate courses at Australian National University (ANU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.9% (national average 74.3%)
Studying full time: 15.2% (national average 8.0%)
Median full time salary: (national average $75,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed Australian National University (ANU) graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 082295A