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Master of Sustainability

  • Masters (Coursework)

With globalisation, population growth, and climate change dramatically affecting the natural environment, economies, and societies around the world, issues of sustainability have become critical to our future.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
S721, 096752K
Intake Months

About this course

With globalisation, population growth, and climate change dramatically affecting the natural environment, economies, and societies around the world, issues of sustainability have become critical to our future. Humanity is placing evermore pressure on the environment through increased consumption and resource use, and increased degradation of natural capital such as land, water, air, and biodiversity.

The Master of Sustainability prepares you to address the complex and interacting social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability issues and challenges faced globally.

Throughout this course, you will acquire advanced knowledge and contemporary skills in the multidisciplinary approaches to examining why environmental impacts occur and developing appropriate cost-effective and targeted solutions to managing these impacts.

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Central to the Master of Sustainability is a focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 to which every member country of the United Nations has committed.

You will explore options for how humanity can meet the growing needs of the present without limiting the ability of future generations to meet their needs. You will graduate with the skills to develop successful sustainability strategies by applying multi-disciplinary approaches and taking a "triple bottom line" approach to policy and management solutions-balancing environmental, social, and economic considerations.

The flexible nature of the course provides students with the opportunity to specialise in either Environmental Management or Sustainable Regional Development, but also provides options to study a range of sustainability issues via electives spanning cities, health, indigenous management, data science, and more.

The course provides students with the foundations of sustainability science and in second year enables students to pursue an industry placement or research pathway involving industry-linked research projects that align to their personal interests and career aspirations.

Industry connectedness is an integral part of this course and ensures students have opportunities to gain an industry perspective and establish professional networks prior to graduation. Guest lectures from key industry partners are embedded into the course to provide students with an understanding of sustainability issues in a real-world context.

Entry requirements

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree in same discipline with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60% OR,
  • a Graduate Certificate in same discipline, OR
  • a Bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS 3 years relevant work experience.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

As a graduate of this course, you will be uniquely positioned to commence a PhD or actively pursue research roles in industry, education, government, NGOs, policy developments and teaching. Depending on your chosen area of expertise, you may choose to seek employment as an ecologist, environment consultant, communications specialist, researcher or science journalist. Potential employers include CSIRO, planning and research officers for state/federal government, government planning and environment departments, environmental protection agencies, cultural and natural heritage management, environmental conservation, land and water management, natural resource management, , private research institutes, private commercial companies, industrial research companies, universities, NGOs, schools, agriculture and food sector, local councils and public service.

Course structure

To complete the Master of Sustainability, students must attain 16 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 16 credit points, you'll need to study 16 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

Year 1 (8 credit points):

  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • 2 core units (2 credit points)
  • 1 specialisation (advanced disciplinary study area) (4 credit points)
  • 2 elective units (2 credit points)

Year 2 (8 credit points):

  • Research pathway or Industry Practice pathway (8 credit points)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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