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Units in second semester 2020 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

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Sustainability and Climate Policy

Masters by Coursework


Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy
1 year, 6 months full-time


Improve your social research and analytical skills in sustainability and climate policy.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned offering.

This course explores constructive and creative transitions to sustainability. You will analyse policies and practices to address global sustainable development goals that aim to support people, planet, prosperity and peace.

You will explore the basic issues, concepts and methodologies central to sustainability and climate policy, and pursue studies in areas of particular need and priority through optional units.

The course is designed with a strong emphasis on professional practice, to strengthen your career opportunities and stimulate your professional development.

You’ll have the opportunity to research real-world issues and apply what you have learned through professional work and community engagement.

You’ll also develop your skills in social research and analysis, and be able to strengthen your connections with business, government and the community.

The master degree comprises three levels of study, with completion of one level providing credit towards the next. You can choose to exit the degree at the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level.

Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • 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.

Career information

The future of sustainability and climate policy

The challenges posed by climate change in a rapidly urbanising world are becoming more evident. The Environment and Climate Emergency announced by the British Parliament reflects the increasing demand for climate solutions, particularly from the world’s next generation of citizens.

Aligned with this global emergency, Curtin’s sustainability and climate policy courses are forward-thinking, integrating the knowledge and skills needed for global change.

Content is supported by demand-driven research at the Curtin University Sustainability and Climate Policy (CUSP) Institute in fields such as sustainability, renewable energy, sustainable transport, food, water and waste management, and sustainable production and consumption.


  • Engineering
  • Local government
  • Urban planning
  • Regional development
  • Conservation and environment
  • Resources and energy
  • Transport

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

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

A bachelor degree or equivalent with an appropriate level of achievement or at least the first half of the Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy.

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.

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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.

Advanced standing

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

CRL search

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 $45,300*
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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