Master of Sustainability

Deakin University

With globalisation, population growth and climate change affecting economies around the world, issues of 'sustainability' become increasingly critical. Throughout the Master of Sustainability, students will acquire advanced knowledge and contemporary skills in the multidisciplinary approaches to examining environmental impacts, why they occur and to developing appropriate solutions to managing these impacts. Explore how we can learn to meet the needs of the present without permanently negatively impacting our future. Development of successful sustainability strategies involves a multi-disciplinary approach to both analysis of the risks to the environment while utilising a 'triple bottom line' approach to solutions. That is managing the environmental, social and economic issues. This course has been structured to increase the breadth and depth of knowledge and application of skills necessary to develop and implement sustainability strategies for a range of sectors. The flexible nature of the degree provides students with the opportunity to specialise in either Environmental Management or Sustainable Regional Development, whilst pursuing industry-linked research projects what align to their personal interests and careers aspirations. Industry connectedness is an integral part of this course and ensures students have opportunities to gain an industry perspective and establish professional networks prior to graduation. Guest lectures from key industry partners are embedded into the degree to provide students with an understanding of research and commercialisation in the sustainability context. Following successful completion of the course, graduates may choose to pursue further research through a PhD, or seek employment in industry or government roles. Alternatively, students may choose to exit early with a Graduate Certificate of Research Management or Graduate Diploma of Sustainability.

Course Fee:

Australian: $56,440
International: $70,760

Entry Requirements:

Entry will be based on performance in: a Bachelor degree in same discipline with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60% OR, a Graduate Certificate in same discipline, OR a Bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS 3 years relevant work experience.


16 credit points including; 2 core units (these are compulsory), 1 specialisation (4 credit points), 2 elective units and 1 Research or Industry Practice Pathway (8 credit points).

Subjects you can Study:

Sustainable regional development; Environmental management; Research impact and management; Research frontiers project; Industry practice; Research thesis; Research planning and communication.

Study Pathways:

Pathway options: Graduates will be uniquely positioned to commence a PhD. Alternatively students may complete the Graduate Certificate of Research Management (S521) and articulate into the Master of Sustainability. Exit Options: Graduate Diploma of Sustainability (S621) (Exit option only); Graduate Certificate of Research Management (S521).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00113B

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Burwood No info Yes Full time 2 years
Burwood No info Yes Part time 4 years

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