What will I learn?

The complex and interconnected challenges of creating sustainable societies within a healthy global environment demand an integrative, holistic appreciation of environment and sustainability that requires a broad understanding of the world.

This contemporary cross-disciplinary Honours degree prepares you to address the complex challenges of sustainability by providing a broad environmental education with a sound basis in theory and methods and a focus on hands-on applications and field-based, research-led learning. You will learn to link perspectives from the natural and social sciences with their applications in your chosen major in environmental science, sustainable natural resource management or sustainability studies; and can select from minors that range from biodiversity conservation, environmental policy, climate change and water resources to indigenous studies, international relations and development studies. In particular you will gain the research skills needed to develop new knowledge and insights in environment and sustainability.

If you care about meeting the challenges and opportunities facing us this century this degree will prepare you for further Master or PhD research, and for an effective career in environment science, sustainable natural resource management and developing pathways to a sustainable future.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

Systematically evaluate current understandings of environmental science, natural resource management and sustainability, and of a range of response strategies for sustainable resource management and development.

Integrate knowledge from relevant scientific areas and from policy approaches across disciplines into approaches designed to address complex contemporary environment and sustainability issues, in global, national and local contexts.

Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a research topic relevant to environment and sustainability to generate new knowledge in this field.

Collect, analyze and interpret original research data using appropriate methodologies and methods to draw evidence-based conclusions.

Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to effectively convey and discuss complex concepts about environmental science, sustainable development and resource management decisions and relevant policies across disciplines.

Engage with and inform ongoing debates on environmental science, resource management and sustainability issues, recognizing the importance of biophysical and socio-political and cultural contexts.

Appreciate and apply, where appropriate, personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Which department am I in?

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$45,864.00 (US$ 31,233) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 February 2020, 27 July 2020


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have either completed recognized upper secondary studies to the required standard and recognised by ANU as comparable to Australian Year 12 or completed at least one year of tertiary study to the required standard. Applicants must have obtained a percentage between 59%, 74%, 77%, 82%, 83%, 87%, 95%, 97%. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: An overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test; a score of 570 with TWE score of 4.5 in TOEFL (paper based test); A score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening in TOEFL (internet based test); Cambridge CAE (Pre and Post): 58 overall with all sub skills at borderline or higher; 176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills. PTE Academic Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section.

For international students

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application.

Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test; TOEFL internet based test score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening; TOEFL paper based test score of 570 with TWE score of 4.5; Cambridge CAE Advanced score of 176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills; PTE Academic score of Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section.


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About this uni

The Australia National University is a member of International Alliance of Research Universities, with Universities like Oxford, Cambridge and Yale.

  • No. 1 in Australia and 7th in the world for global outlook
  • 95% of research at ANU is recognised as that of world standard
  • New AUD 240 M science precinct with state-of-the-art labs
  • No.1 in Australia and 21 worldwide for graduate employability