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Master of Sustainable Development

About This Masters Degree

Course Description


The focus of the degree is on how to effect changes towards sustainable development, and the development of practical skills in leading change processes. You will have options to develop capabilities in a diverse range of disciplinary options from the environment to international politics or organisational management according to professional need.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-sustainable-development

Key benefits

- Offers a practical component as either work experience, consultancy practice or research
- Focuses on change oriented processes for sustainable development, including organisational change, education and capacity building, and strategic planning
- Addresses the needs of professionals working in aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, business and international bodies concerned with issues of sustainable development
- Gives you the opportunity to study some units from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management if you wish to work in organisational sustainability

Suitable for

This degree is suitable for professionals working in the field of environment and development or sustainable development. It is particularly relevant to those involved in planning, financing and evaluating initiatives in sustainable development.

Through its international case-study focus, the degree addresses the needs of professionals working in aid agencies, non-government organisations, government agencies, corporations and international bodies concerned with sustainability issues.

Recognition of prior learning

Course Duration
- 2 year program
Bachelor degree in any discipline and work experience in a relevant area.

- 1.5 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline and work experience in a relevant area.

- 1 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline, Masters (coursework) or Higher Degree Research in a relevant discipline and work experience in a relevant field;
Honours, Graduate Certificate (1yr FT) or Graduate Diploma in a relevant discipline and work experience in a relevant area.

- Relevant disciplines
Majors or specialisations in Environment, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Earth Sciences, Geology, Engineering, Environmental Economics, Environmental Law, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Hydrology, Geography, Political Economy, Development Studies, Politics, Business, Education, Management, Architecture, Planning, Design, Social Science, Communication, Education, Sustainability or Sociology.

- Relevant areas
Minimum three years relevant work experience: policy, project management, research or training in the fields of social and economic development, environment, engineering, science, education, communication, media, arts, business, consultancy, management.

Work experience requirements

Minimum of three years of relevant work experience

English language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification


- Career Opportunities
Our graduates pursue careers:
- in consultancy work with business or community
- with local councils
- as sustainability coordinators for regional and national businesses
- in universities and other educational bodies

- aid agencies, such as AusAID
- businesses such as Lend Lease, Fuji Xerox
- government sector such as the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW)
- international bodies such as the The United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- non-government organisations such as the International Union for Conservation (IUCN)

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-sustainable-development

Visit the Master of Sustainable Development page on the Macquarie University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum admission requirements: Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent; Three years relevant work experience; GPA of 2.50 (out of 4.00)

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