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
Named after the prominent Australian academic and essayist Sir Walter Murdoch, Murdoch was the second university established in Western Australia. Since the first intake of students in 1975, Murdoch has become a dynamic, modern university with a national reputation for excellence in teaching, research and student satisfaction.

Murdoch university has three campuses. The main campus is on South Street in Murdoch and is an easy commute from the Perth CBD and Fremantle, whilst the Rockingham and Peel campuses are located further south of Perth. All three campuses are well serviced by public transport, parking and bike racks.

Provider CRICOS: 00125J

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