Postgraduate

Master of Sustainable Development

Explore leading sustainability practices and policy related to energy, water use, waste, climate change, biodiversity, urban planning and land management, international development and sustainability education.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

M1214

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

2

Selection rank

CRICOS code

072141B
Apply

Global Studies

For politics and international studies, sociology and communication and media studies in Australia. 1

World standard in research

Ranked well above the world standard, the highest possible ranking for research in cultural studies. 2

Five-star rating

For median graduate starting salary for languages and humanities and social sciences. 3

Apply to start

You can apply to start studying at the following times.
Available Not Available
Internal External
Murdoch Semester 1 Semester 1
Semester 2 Semester 2
Find out how to apply successfully.

Overview

Real change can happen when tomorrow’s sustainable development leaders come together to share their experiences, ideas and insights – and for over a decade our sustainability Masters have been doing just that. In taking the course, you’ll become part of a much-valued group of sustainability professionals who are making a difference within Australia and around the world.

You’ll examine global sustainability challenges and explore inspiring solutions at international, regional and local levels. You’ll learn about urban and regional sustainability, climate change adaptation, sustainability education and ethics, and take a closer look at sustainability and international development within Asia.

You could choose professional-based electives to specialise in project and risk management, ethics, sustainability within businesses, and leading and managing non-government organisations. You might choose policy-based electives to specialise in environmental impact assessment, environmental policy and energy policy.

3 reasons to study a Master of Sustainable Development at Murdoch

  • As you study, you’ll have the chance to build your professional portfolio of work, completing an internship or practical project for academic credit. Past students have interned with local governments, leading sustainability businesses such as The Forever Project and NGOs such as Perth City Farm.
  • You’ll be taught by leading academics who are involved in important sustainable development projects within Australia and overseas. Our experts are working on important development projects, from aid projects in Africa and Asia, to leading sustainability initiatives in the Middle East.
  • Follow in the footsteps of other Murdoch free-thinkers who are making a difference and leading the sustainability agenda globally and within Australia. Our graduates have gone on to work at Ikea, Uber and EY.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • Sustainability ecology and communities
  • Community, industry and local government
  • Cultures, communities and sustainability in Asia
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Cities and sustainability
  • Environmental policy for the 21st Century
  • Project and risk management

Your career

You’ll graduate with the skills, knowledge and professional insights you need to lead sustainable development teams and projects within international and Australian businesses, government agencies, and non-government organisations. Careers could include:

  • Sustainability or Environmental Officer within business or government
  • Community Development Officer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Sustainability Educator
  • Eco-preneur (starting and leading green businesses)

Read More

Read Less

Apply to start

You can apply to start studying at the following times.
Available Not Available
Internal External
Murdoch Semester 1 Semester 1
Semester 2 Semester 2
Find out how to apply successfully.

Structure

To help plan the structure of your course, search for our suggested course plans.

Unit code Unit name Credit points

Entry requirements

I have completed studies in

Select which option best describes your path to university :

English Requirements

You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

Minimum English Language Requirements - Undergraduate (pdf) 200 KB
Minimum English Language Requirements - Postgraduate (pdf) 216 KB

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Fees and scholarships

How to apply

I want to start studying in