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COURSE

Master of Sustainability and the Built Environment

MC-SUSTBE

TAUGHT BY: School of Design and the Built Environment

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year, 6months

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

300

About offering

Professions within the built environment industries are becoming increasingly diverse, and the expected knowledge is moving beyond the limits of discrete disciplines.

This course is suitable for those wanting to expand their understanding, knowledge and skills across multiple built environment disciplines. You will also explore issues of sustainability within this context.

In your first year of study, you will develop a theoretical foundation in a chosen major supplemented by a range of optional units to broaden your conceptual understanding.

Following this, you will develop knowledge within your major and apply it to a capstone project. This project is related to the built environment industries and addresses issues from across multiple disciplines.

Choose your major

The Master of Sustainability and the Built Environment is divided into three majors:

  • Architecture
  • Planning
  • Project Management.

If you complete the master degree to a high standard, you may be eligible to proceed onto doctoral-level studies.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an understanding of the Built Environment industry, apply the principles, theories and concepts of cross-disciplinary knowledge and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors.
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively in order to analyse problems and issues; challenge theories and practices; and understand the specific needs of various stakeholders in order to generate creative, effective and sustainable solutions relevant to the Built Environment industry
  • critically access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to support, comprehend and analyse the diverse processes of strategic and sustainable decision making relevant across disciplines within the Built Environment industry
  • effectively communicate information and ideas graphically, orally, and in writing, to diverse audiences (academic, professional and community)
  • recognise, understand and use a range of appropriate technologies in order to undertake cross-disciplinary practices and facilitate professional processes within the Built Environment industry.
  • use learned skills and a range of strategies that will continue professional self-development, influence others within the built environment industry, and sustain intellectual curiosity
  • demonstrate a high level of awareness and skill in understanding, valuing and responding to cultural diversity and difference across a range of local, national and international issues and perspectives in the Built Environment industry
  • work ethically as individuals and in teams demonstrating skills in leadership negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising cultural and physical diversity and appreciating and valuing the contribution of other disciplines and interests
  • recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of diverse populations and demonstrate a professional and ethical approach while using skills in leadership and self-motivation to work individually and in teams, across disciplines within the Built Environment industry.

How this course will make you industry ready

 The Master of Sustainability and the Built Environment will offer a student experience that builds capacity in multi-disciplinary knowledge and inter-professional skills, and provides learning experiences beyond a single discipline area. Students are expected to select options and a major outside of current discipline or area of previous study.

Professional recognition

This course is not accredited by recognised professional accreditation bodies and does not satisfy the academic requirements for corporate membership with the Professional bodies, Institutes and Organisations.

Career information

The Built Environment industry encompasses a broad range of activity. Graduates with skill sets that cross disciplines and knowledge that can be applied to multiple situations at a range of scales are sought by employers across many disciplines related to the Built Environment. Students may pursue a career in the following areas:

  • Community project development and management
  • Property development
  • Sustainable city planning
  • Sustainable development and building design
  • Sustainable urban design.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Specifically, applicants require a bachelor degree in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Project Management, Construction Management, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture or Urban and Regional Planning or equivalent aligned qualification. Additionally, applicants require a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Architecture to select the Architecture major. 

Students seeking entry with a bachelor degree in a non-aligned area are required to complete a Graduate Certificate in Development Planning or Graduate Certificate in Project Management to be eligible for entry.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Course prerequisites

Specifically, applicants require a bachelor degree in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Project Management, Construction Management, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture or Urban and Regional Planning or equivalent aligned qualification. Additionally, applicants require a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Architecture to select the Architecture major.

International Students can complete a 6 month Graduate Certificate in Development Planning or Graduate Certificate in Project Management prior to entry into this master degree as part of a two-year program of study.

Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Other requirements and notes for this course

Our Malaysia campus currently offers Project Management only.

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.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Credit for Recognised Learning may be granted for students with a master degree in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Project Management or Urban and Regional Planning or equivalent aligned qualification.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$23,000*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $16,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $32,000*
Total indicative course fee $48,100*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: MC-SUSTBE
  • CRICOS code: 096309G
  • This offering was last updated on: September 25, 2018