Master of Sustainable Development

Murdoch University

The Master of Sustainable Development takes a holistic approach, providing students with the knowledge and skills that are particularly relevant for a wide range of sustainability careers within local, state or federal government, businesses and NGOs. Students have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge sustainability practices and policy relating to such areas as energy, water use, waste, climate change, biodiversity, urban planning and land management, international development, and sustainability education. The core module provides a sophisticated understanding of some of the most important dimensions of Sustainable Development practice, including sustainability issues and implementation at the global, regional and local levels; urban and regional sustainability; climate change adaptation, sustainability education and ethics; and sustainability and international development within Asia. Within this core module, students are given an opportunity to build their professional resume by undertaking a career-relevant internship or practical project for academic credit. Professional electives enable students to acquire professional skills in areas including project management, ethics, and leading and managing non-government organisations. Policy electives give students an opportunity to develop specialised expertise in areas such as environmental impact assessment, energy policy, and environmental management, policy and law. Finally, the Masters concludes with a Capstone program that gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and research skills by undertaking a Research Dissertation (that could qualify students seeking admission to a PhD program) or a Research Project. This course aims to develop the skills, knowledge and professional acumen needed for sustainable development leadership within international and Australian businesses, government agencies, and non-government organisations. Students acquire expertise in innovative sustainability practices, as well as high-level research training and professional development. During the course, each student is given an opportunity to build their professional resume by undertaking a career-relevant internship or practical project for academic credit. The course brings together high-achieving students and industry practitioners from many different parts of the world and harnesses their unique skill-sets through team projects and other forms of interactive learning. Part of the course's magic come from the networking and ideas exchange that take place when tomorrow's sustainable development leaders come together in this dynamic environment.

Course Fee:

Australian: $30,944
International: $58,005

Entry Requirements:

Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, though not necessarily in an area directly related to the proposed course; or satisfactory preparation through previous study or professional experience; English competence

Subjects you can Study:

Sustainable development

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00125J

Related Careers:

Sustainability Officer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info Yes Full time 2 years
Murdoch No info Yes Online
Murdoch No info Yes Part time 4 years

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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