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Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy

Course Description

This course builds on the curriculum of the graduate certificate and graduate diploma to provide you with an opportunity to complete individual research projects. You will work with dedicated supervisors to design, conduct and report on major applied research topics in your area of interest and expertise.

These courses will provide you with the tools and knowledge to think holistically and respond appropriately to the uncertainty and complexity associated with climate change. You will develop solution-focused approaches to climate change, environmental health, resource use, Indigenous and other cultural concerns, and disparities in wealth and power.

The course is offered on three levels: graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master degree.

You will explore the basic issues, concepts and methodologies central to sustainability and have the opportunity to pursue studies in a particular area of need and priority through optional units.

Curtin’s sustainability program has a strong emphasis on professional practice. You will apply your skills and knowledge to real-life issues through professional work and community engagement. Individual projects provide opportunities for you to research real-world issues.

The course caters for both full-time and part-time students and is offered in traditional and non-traditional study modes, including regular scheduled classes and intensive programs offered over a one-week period.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts requiring social scientific research and analytical skills. Many organisations are now hiring sustainability consultants in an effort to improve their relationship with the environment and their stakeholders.

Credit for previous study

Creative overlap between current employment and study is emphasised. Credit may be awarded for prior learning and demonstrated skills.


Many units are available as regularly scheduled classes spread across a semester or as intensive programs offered over three or four days. Off-campus and online study options are under development.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

Visit the Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy page on the Curtin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree in any field of study from a recognised tertiary education institution. You may also gain entry through completion of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy. Minimum English language entry requirements: IELTS Writing- 6.0, Speaking- 6.0, Reading- 6.0, Listening- 6.0, Overall band score- 6.5.

Course Fees

Australian/New Zealand: $17,700, International: $41,800

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