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Sustainability and Climate Policy
- Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 1 year full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Analyse policies and practices that address sustainable development goals.
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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.
This course builds on the curriculum of the Graduate Certificate to provide you with a broader range of specialist topics
This course develops knowledge, understanding and appreciation of sustainability and climate policy issues in social research and analysis. It assists in career development, preparing students for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts that require social research and analytical skills in sustainability and climate policy. It is designed to complement existing knowledge gained from an undergraduate qualification in any recognised area including business, humanities, sciences and education.
The course also combines a general qualification with more specific educational opportunities, enabling you to learn in a way that best suits your existing needs and priorities.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- These courses will provide you with the tools and knowledge to develop a solution-focused approach to the major challenges posed by climate change, resource depletion and other major environmental issues.
- They will also strengthen your career opportunities and stimulate your professional development.
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.
- Environmental planner
- International development worker
- Social assessment officer
- Sustainability consultant
- Sustainability officer.
- Engineering and infrastructure development organisations
- Environmental organisations
- International aid organisations
- Local government
- Organisations in the energy and resources sector
- Transport agencies.
What you'll learn
- apply a range of relevant disciplinary knowledges to the concept of sustainability in work and community settings
- apply critical and analytical skills within a sustainability framework; think creatively to develop practical pathways to sustainability
- locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant and reliable information sources on sustainability
- communicate ideas and information, verbally and in writing, to a range of target audiences
- use communication and research technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
- demonstrate a reflexive and adaptive approach to learning; understand second order learning; identify and apply successful learning strategies
- recognise the global nature of sustainability and the relationship between global and local sustainability issues; identify and apply international good practice to sustainability
- recognise the diverse meanings and applications of the notion of culture to sustainability; respect indigenous culture and its relevance to sustainability; identify the complexities and benefits multiculturalism brings to sustainability; and critique culture as an integrated system of norms that enable or disable sustainability
- demonstrate the ability within sustainability practice to work effectively as a team and independently when appropriate; show leadership and apply ethical and professional standards
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Essential course prerequisites
A bachelor degree or equivalent.
Other requirements and notes for this course
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.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$15,100*|
|Total indicative course fee||$30,200*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$30,200*|
Fees are indicative only.
*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
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- Curtin course code: GD-SUSTAN
- CRICOS code: 074664C
- Last updated on: January 15, 2020